Tarleton State University is booming with construction and improvements and the O.A. Grant Humanities Building is no exception.

The building is currently under renovation that will make it a prime educational landmark on campus.

Originally constructed in 1973, plans for the 41-year-old building will renovate 11,920 sq. ft. and add 33,540 sq. ft. with two additional floors above the existing auditoriums.

"The O.A. Grant expansion will allow Tarleton State University students to be competitive in technological skills for today's job market while enhancing their critical thinking, writing and communication skills," said Kelli Styron, dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. "The areas in this building will provide Tarleton students with new opportunities for a 2014 educational experience."

The educational materials being added include a writing center, learning and collaboration spaces, Department of Communication studies suite, Texan TV News studio and media convergence center, public relations and event management space and video podcast rooms.

The $13 million renovation is expected to be complete in July, just in time for the fall semester.

"The July completion date is thrilling for all of us because it means all of the faculty and staff from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will be housed in two buildings on campus; the O.A. Grant Building and the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center," Styron said. "The access the faculty and staff will have to one another within the O.A. Grant building will enhance collaboration within the college."