Nearly $25 million in new construction and renovation projects is taking place at Wiley College. The East Texas school's campus is being transformed and administrators and students agree, it's about time.
"This is a historic college, the buildings are really old and our population is really growing," said Wiley Junior, Tracy Funchess. Wiley Senior, Sha'Mira Keener said, "I think it's time for reconstruction."
Students are getting thier wish. Construction is nearing completion on the $20 million Student Learning Center. The 500 bed residence hall will also have classrooms and computer and study labs. It's set to open this Fall.
In addition to that new construction, $4.5 million in renovations are scheduled to begin this summer on the Student Union Building. The new building will double the size of the cafeteria, bookstore and other rooms inside.
"We're excited about the transformation that's occurring on our campus," said Joseph Moral, Vice Presidnet of Student Affairs. "All those things are going to change and as a result the students are going to have a better facility."
Students say they're axiously waitng for the transformations.
"I think this new building will attract more students and people will be more impressed when they come to the college," said Keener. "We're going to be alumni and as we see the school progress that's even more of a reason for us to be proud of our alma mater."