» By BRIAN BIGELOW – bbigelow@my.apsu.edu

President Timothy Hall announced on Aug. 24 a new APSU Math and Computer Science building has been approved by the Tennessee State Building Commission.

The new building will house classrooms and offices for the math and computer science departments as well as the university’s computer servers, Hall said.

The roughly $6 million price tag will be “paid for by university plant funds,” Hall said.

The building will be located across the street from the Trahern and Sundquist Science buildings, adjacent to the Hemlock Semiconductor building.

The Office of Information Technology Help Desk and the High School Upward Bound program buildings will be demolished to make room for the new facility.

“After assessing our academic needs, provost, Tristan Denley, proposed a math and computer science building,” Hall said. “We had a critical need for additional classroom space and, especially, faculty offices to serve the university’s growing faculty.”

Construction is estimated to begin during the summer of 2012 and completed by the fall of 2013.

“We don’t have a precise date for construction [to] start,” Hall said. “The architect for the project is just beginning the work of designing the building.”

Approval for the new Math and Computer Science building has been obtained from the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and State Building Commission. TAS