Construction has become a part of the norm on Tarleton State University's campus, and one of its latest projects is an $8 million renovation of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.

The fine arts center rehabilitation project is underway now, according to Dr. Teresa Davidian, head of the music department.

"We've had some smaller renovations over the years but never anything this big," she said. "The building opened in 1980, it's just time for this to happen. This building is such a public place and it really deserves it."

The building, which hosts more than 200 events every year, will receive new carpet, wall treatments and updated restrooms.

"We aren't' getting any big additions to the building, but we are getting an upgrade in the cosmetic department and it should be really great," Davidian said. 

The project is also focusing on being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"Being able to offer multiple seating choices and a way for disabled students to get upstairs to the costume and sound rooms was a must and we're excited that these things are being improved," she said.

According to a press release from Tarleton, the project will modernize and update spaces, improve energy efficiency, improve accessibility standards and replace aged flat roof areas.

The project is expected to be complete in August.

"I think everyone who is in this building is excited that we're being upgraded. Change is extremely exciting and I think the fact that we're putting millions of dollars into the fine arts building just shows that the university thinks our departments are important," Davidian said.