The facility will also house the campus police department, administration offices, campus bookstore and the student services currently located in the Central Administrative Services Building at the Tejas Center. The plans also include the construction of a coffee shop and grab-and-go dining facility and associated parking with 150 spaces.

“We are planning to move all of those departments into this facility, and we are still trying to figure out the programming that will go into the building,” Bray said. “That is part of what the architect will help us finalize once we go into that contract as we are targeting a way to consolidate our non-academic services.”

Bray said the building is not expected to house classrooms but will be used for academic advising, enrollment services, financial aid and other student services.

This construction project is the first of three phases of Blinn’s districtwide facilities master plan, which can be viewed at The plan was approved by trustees in May.

Other aspects of the first phase include improvements to the campus library for new study, meeting and learning spaces. Phase two is the construction of a new fine arts and academic building, along with renovations to the student center and expansion of the existing ceramics lab for use as a physical plant lab. Phase three is the construction of a new fitness and activity center, along with enhancements to Briar Creek Trail Loop and streetscape improvements to the north and west campus. All three phases are projected to be completed by 2040.