The new South Plains College Lubbock Center will open in early 2017.
Last night in a specially called Board of Regents meeting, Regents approved the purchase of a 70,000 square foot building located at 39th and Ave. Q in Lubbock to create the new SPC Lubbock Center. The building was the former home to Shamrock Chevrolet owned by Group 1 Auto of Houston, the parent company of Gene Messer Auto. SPC regents approved the purchase of the building at $2 Million to be paid for out of the general fund.
The college currently leases approximately 36,000 square feet in the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center at 34th and Ave Q from Lubbock ISD at a cost of $125,000. Lubbock ISD is in need of the space to meet instructional demands that are being brought about by HB5 in the 83rd Texas Legislature. It was also noted that SPC is needing to expand their Lubbock program and currently cannot expand in their current building.
SPC plans to move and expand their Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center in phase I renovation of approximately 45,000 square feet at this new location. These programs include automotive technology, industrial manufacturing/emergin technologies, computer information systems, office technology, accounting associate, business management, real estate, paralegal studies, fire technology, general education and workforce development. They also will explore the extension of their automotive technology program by researching the establishment of a “certified” auto technician training program which is of great interest to Automotive dealerships in the area.
Estimates for the renovations of the building for Phase I of the project is estimated at $7 Million Dollars and the college administration has already obtained grants to pay for renovation. The Helen Jones Foundation will pay $4 Million for Phase I renovation and The CH Foundation will pay $3 Million for Phase I renovation. They also have obtained a commitment from the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance for $2.9 Million to support the project including the purchase of equipment and fixtures for the buildings. $1 Million will be held in reserve for future program expansion and/or new program start-up as needs are identified.
South Plains College Administration will host a News Conference Tuesday morning at 10am at the Byron Martin Center to formally make the announcement.