Academic Building Four
Jul. 9, 2000:
Regents approve auditorium renamed for Olson
Feb. 6, 2003:
Olson auditorium dedication
Dec. 14, 2013:
Damaged from vehicular accident
Repair work from Dec. 2013 accident
Graeber, Simmons & Cowan (2000)
ICI Construction, Inc. (2000)
Alpha Building (2014)
Academic Building Four (AB4/ABIV) is a four-story classroom and office building at the corner of Avenue I and Bowers Boulevard.
Opening in 2003, the $10 Million, 61,070 square-foot structure sits on the site of the Departmental Dorms and was the first major classroom facility built since 1985. Its completion was planned for summer 2002 but lengthened due to unforeseen delays with weather and materials .
Upon opening in January 2003, the building housed the Testing Center, Bowers Honors College, and Scholarship Offices on the first floor; the Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center, Computer Services, and a 286-seat auditorium on the second floor; the library science department, psychology and philosophy department office, and classrooms on the third floor; and the history department and philosophy faculty offices are on the fourth floor .
In September 2002 the auditorium was renamed for history professor James S. Olson in honor of his three decades of service to the university. The dedication ceremony took place the following February.
With the completion of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building in January 2009, the SAM Center moved out of an area that was eventually filled by the Career Service office, itself moving from its location on the north-side of campus. The Department of Foreign Languages moved to the third floor and the Department of History moved into offices on the fourth floor .
On December 14, 3013, the southeast corner of the building along Avenue I was damaged following a single-car accident that killed three SHSU students. Repair work began the following March and lasted about a month.
- Physical Plant Annual Report (2003).
- Newest Building Goes Online (Jan. 14, 2003).
- The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building Opens (Jan. 13, 2009).