Architect chosen for planned higher education center campus
PJC Information Services

Sept. 30, 2005 -- The Paris Junior College Board of Regents have selected an architectural firm to begin drawing proposals for future growth at the college, including the Sulphur Springs campus.

The Regents selected SHW Group of Dallas to provide architectural services to the college and develop campus master plans and design new facilities for the PJC-Sulphur Springs Higher Education Center and facilities at the Paris and Sulphur Springs campuses.

SHW Group is an architecture, planning, interior design, and structural engineering firm that specializes in, and works exclusively, in the educational field.

The firm will begin working on plans and designs that will include new residence halls in Paris and new classroom facilities in Sulphur Springs.

PJC began the architect search in June. Dr. Pamela Anglin, president of Paris Junior College, said the proposed construction -- part of a five-year strategic planning study for the college -- will be designed to accommodate the increasing need for educational space in Sulphur Springs.

�We need to provide space for the increasing enrollment at the center and be able to expand our course offerings and faculty,� Dr. Anglin said.

The Sulphur Springs Higher Education Center has shown continued growth over the last decade, a trend that has been evident throughout the PJC system. The Sulphur Springs Center has seen its student population grow from 385 students in the fall of 2000 to 719 students last fall. Meanwhile, the PJC System enrolled 4,209, an increase of over 1,300 students since 2000.

In other business, the PJC Board of Regents approved a seven-year tax abatement for Kimberly Clark’s manufacturing site in Paris on a $10 million improvement to the existing plant.

Regents also approved the employment of Emily Wilson as an advisor for the Upward Bound program, effective Oct. 3

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