Belton, Texas – A groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s new Baugh Center for the Visual Arts was held Friday at the corner of 9th Avenue and Shine Street. The ceremony, which is open to the public, marks the beginning of construction on the two-story facility that will offer 27,000 square feet of space dedicated to art education.
The art building has been named in memory of Eula Mae and John Baugh, Houston philanthropists who were well known for their generous support of higher education and Texas Baptist causes. John Baugh was a founder of Sysco Corporation and also served as chairman and CEO of the company, which eventually became the world’s largest food distribution service with 170 locations and over 47,500 employees. During their lifetimes, Mr. and Mrs. Baugh made significant gifts to UMHB, and their family foundation stepped forward in 2009 to make a lead gift of $1 million for construction of the new art center.T
he $5 million facility has been designed by GSC Architects of Austin, with Bartlett Cocke General Contractors supervising construction. Plans call for the center to be finished and ready for use by the fall 2012 semester.