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UHS Fort Bend construction begins

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Dignitaries from the UH System, Sugar Land and Fort Bend County gathered Thursday to break ground -- er, cake -- for the permanent campus of the UH System at Fort Bend.

The ceremony, which involved cutting a cake shaped like the UHS at Fort Bend's first building, was the symbolic beginning of construction of a campus that will bring state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs and library facilities to fast-growing Fort Bend County.


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UH System Chancellor Arthur K. Smith (right) joins dignitaries from the System, the city of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County in cutting a cake shaped like the proposed UH System at Fort Bend facility. The cake-cutting was a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Sugar Land campus.

The campus will be UH's first permanent presence in the area. Until now, all of the UHS universities have been offering classes in rented quarters at the CentraPlex in Sugar Land.

"Because of demographics and the rapid growth of the area, we knew that a nontraditional approach was needed to serve the needs of students and businesses," UHS Chancellor Arthur K. Smith said.

Funding for the project came from the System, the city of Sugar Land and private donors, including the George Foundation, Texas Instruments and other companies.

The groundbreaking could not take place at the actual site, located at U.S. Highway 59 and the Brazos River, because no roads have been built there yet. Instead, those present Thursday toured the future campus via a video presentation.

"I think you will all agree that looking at the site via television is a bit more comfortable than actually trampling through it," Smith said.

Construction on the facility is scheduled to be completed in fall 2001.
 

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