Renovating a Pioneer
Oct 01, 2009

Arlington, TX October 1, 2009 - The nation's largest women's university can certainly be marked as a pioneer. Founded as the Girls Industrial College under a Texas Legislature act of 1901, this institution has evolved into Texas Woman's University (TWU) with more than 13,300 students. TWU offers bachelor's, master's, plus doctoral degrees and graduates more nurses and healthcare professionals than any other university in the state. FJW Construction is proud to have played a role in renovating Pioneer Hall in TWU's Denton campus.


Pioneer Hall is a $17-million, 140,000-square-foot, 3-story brick building centered by a gray domed rotunda. Inside is the Kitty Winter Magee Arena, a multipurpose gymnasium named after TWU's athletics pioneer. The gym has an initial bleacher-seating capacity of 1,800, which can be increased to 2,700.


FJW was retained for the Pioneer Hall Arena Project, which included replacing the wooden gym floor and bleacher's motor operating system. Since beginning the project, FJW kept all management team members informed of plans, actions, and developments. The construction manager provided quality, cost-efficient, and timely services. To illustrate an example, a rooftop water leakage on the gym's south end caused project delays. To make up for the time loss, FJW personnel worked through holidays.


FJW incorporates a team approach to projects, enabling high-value, trouble-free construction processes for the past 39 years. Pioneer Hall Facilities Manager Mary Palmer remarked that FJW "provided a dedicated project team that was accessible, and provided us with employees that were great problem solvers and enjoyable to work with."


FJW Construction is proud to have successfully completed this project for TWU, a notable institution dedicated to academic excellence, and looks forward to a continuing relationship with the distinguished university.



Renovating a Pioneer