Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Design and Construction Section:

An Inventory of Construction Records at the Texas State Archives, 1966-1973



Overview

Creator: Texas. Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Design and Construction Section.
Title: Construction records
Dates: 1966-1973
Abstract: Types of records include construction estimates, bid proposals, building specifications, correspondence, blueprints, supply catalogs, project cost report forms, and inspection reports. Records consist of the construction files retained by the Design and Construction Section of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) from maintenance, renovation, and construction projects of the state hospitals and schools under its care. These records date from 1966 to 1973. The physical facilities are located across the state from Big Spring to Rusk and Amarillo to Austin. Types of construction work represented in these files range from construction of new buildings and installation of air conditioning systems to reroofing, painting, boiler repair, and demolition of buildings. The records are very detailed revealing costs, quantity and types of materials used, contract figures, change orders, unpaid claims, and weekly inspection reports of projects by MHMR staff.
Quantity: 26 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) was established in 1965 to conserve the mental health of Texas citizens. MHMR provides a broad range of services to the mentally impaired citizens through the operation of eight mental hospitals, the Waco Center for Youth, thirteen state schools, five state centers, and one rehabilitation and recreation center. The policymaking body of the department is a nine-member board appointed by the governor with concurrence of the senate. The board appoints a commissioner to administer the agency. The Design and Construction Section is responsible for the physical plants of the various schools and hospitals. The Section is part of the Central Office, directed by the commissioner and the executive staff.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records include construction estimates, bid proposals, building specifications, correspondence, blueprints, supply catalogs, project cost report forms, and inspection reports. Records consist of the construction files retained by the Design and Construction Section of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) from maintenance, renovation, and construction projects of the state hospitals and schools under its care. These records date from 1966 to 1973. The physical facilities are located across the state from Big Spring to Rusk and Amarillo to Austin. Types of construction work represented in these files range from construction of new buildings and installation of air conditioning systems to reroofing, painting, boiler repair, and demolition of buildings. The records are very detailed revealing costs, quantity and types of materials used, contract figures, change orders, unpaid claims, and weekly inspection reports of projects by MHMR staff.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged by project, under the name of the physical facility. Projects for a particular facility will be found in different boxes.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation--Buildings.
Subjects:
Mental health facilities--Texas.
Mental retardation facilities--Texas.
Document Types:
Specifications--Texas--Architectural records--1966-1973.
Blueprints--Texas--Architectural records--1966-1973.
Correspondence--Texas--Architectural records--1966-1973.
Estimates--Texas--Architectural records--1966-1973.
Reports--Texas--Architectural records--1966-1973.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Blueprint Collection, 1902-1967.
Ruffini Collection, [ca. 1877]-1937, undated (bulk 1883-1912, undated). [The collection contains specifications and architectural drawings for insane asylum buildings, Austin, Texas, ca. 1883.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Construction records, Design and Construction Section, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1993/157

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation on May 3, 1993.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, May 1993


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Construction records, 1966-1973,
26 cubic ft.

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1993/157-1 San Angelo State Center, Renovation & A/C of ward building
Vernon Center, Children's Academic Center
box
1993/157-2 Austin State Hospital, Renovate & A/C two ward buildings
Big Spring State Hospital, Renovate & A/C Buildings 504 and 505
Rusk State Hospital, Renovate & A/C three ward buildings
box
1993/157-3 San Antonio State Hospital, New Administration Building
Terrell State Hospital, Renovate & A/C three ward buildings
Wichita Falls State Hospital, Renovate & A/C three ward buildings
box
1993/157-4 Wichita Falls State Hospital (continued), Renovate & A/C three ward buildings
Austin State School, Resocialization Unit
box
1993/157-5 Austin State School (continued), Resocialization Unit
Mexia State School, Student Activities Center
Central Office Building, Relocating and Renovation of Central Office Mailroom
Austin State School, Demolition of Buildings
Austin State School, Volunteer's Fire Circle
Mexia State School, New Gas Distribution System
Lufkin State School, Engineering Investigation of Water Works System
Denton State School, Foundation Repairs to Building 519
Austin State School, Demolition of Buildings 542, 598 and Farm Institution Buildings
Lufkin State School, Emergency Roof Repairs
Austin State School, Demolition of Buildings 789, 592, and 591
Rio Grande State Center, Exterior Repainting of Hospital Buildings
San Antonio State Hospital, Roof Repairs on Buildings 526 and 534
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1993/157-6 Denton State School, Resident Shopping Facility
Denton State School, Denton Eye Clinic (CANCELLED)
Richmond State School, Swimming Pool
San Antonio State Hospital, Vehicle Storage Building
Austin State Hospital, Demolition of Buildings 515 and 521
Terrell State Hospital, Demolition of Building 513
Wichita Falls State Hospital, Install X-Ray Equipment
Mexia State School, Sewage Disposal System
box
1993/157-7 Mexia State School (continued), Sewage Disposal System
Austin State School, Renovation and Replacement
Denton State School, Resurface Roads
Travis State School, General Improvements:
A/C Four Ward Buildings
Surface Road at Pavilion
Gym Acoustics
Terrell State Hospital, New Recreation and Training Building
box
1993/157-8 Central Office Building, Austin:
Complete Third Floor
Roof Repairs, Flooring, Painting, Lighting
Austin State Hospital, X-Ray Renovation
San Angelo Center:
Renovate Six Ward Buildings and Kitchen Facilities
Renovate Dairy Barn for Work Shop Facility
Kerrville State Hospital, Roofing of Buildings 605, 602, 604 and Walkways
Travis State School:
Installation of Acoustical Treatment, Gym
Install Curbs and Gutters
box
1993/157-9 Big Spring State Hospital, Renovate & A/C Buildings 504 and 505
Rusk State Hospital, Renovate and A/C Three Ward Buildings
San Antonio State Hospital, New Administration Buildings
Terrell State Hospital, Renovate and A/C Three Ward Buildings
Wichita Falls State Hospital, Renovate and A/C Three Ward Buildings
box
1993/157-10 Austin State School, Resocialization Unit
Central Office [Austin], Renovation of Mail Room
San Antonio State Hospital, Roof Repairs on Buildings 526 and 534
Denton State School, Resident Shopping Facility
Mexia State School, Gas Distribution System
San Antonio State Hospital, Vehicle Storage Building
Austin State Hospital, Demolition of Buildings 515 and 521
Austin State School, Water Storage Tanks
Travis State School, Install Curbs and Gutters
Terrell State Hospital, New Recreation and Training Building
Central Office [Austin], Complete Third Floor
Central Office Annex [Austin], Roof Repairs, Flooring Replacement, Painting and Lighting
Travis State School, Acoustical Treatment, Gym
box
1993/157-11 Vernon Geriatric Center
Lufkin State School, Laundry Room Additions
San Antonio State Hospital, Canteen Building Alterations
Denton State School, Vehicle Storage
box
1993/157-12 Mexia State School, Addition to Infirmary
San Antonio State Hospital, A/C Ward Buildings 518 and 520
Terrell State Hospital, Heating and A/C Building 650
San Antonio State Hospital, Engineering Survey, Steam Distribution Lines
Houston State Psychiatric Institute, Conversion of Handball Court to Animal Colony Space
Richmond State School, Fence Project
Austin State Hospital, Demolition of Boiler and Water Storage Standpipe
Austin State School, Electrical Distribution System
Wichita Falls State Hospital - Vernon Branch, Reroof Buildings
San Antonio State Hospital, Repairs to Foundations, Buildings 507 & 509
Denton State School, Extension of Sanitary Sewer
box
1993/157-13 Austin State Hospital, Roof Repairs on Five Buildings
Rusk State Hospital:
Re-tube Boiler
Roof Repairs on Six Buildings
San Antonio State Hospital:
Roof Repairs on Eight Buildings
Replacement of Boiler Plant Equipment
Terrell State Hospital, Repairs to Electrical Distribution System
Travis State School, Roof Repairs on Six Buildings
Austin State School, Kitchen Renovations
Wichita Falls State Hospital, Installation of Fire Escapes
Austin State School:
Renovation of Bathrooms in Building 513
Convert Building 523 to Office Space
Big Spring State Hospital:
Convert Chill Vault to Freeze Vault
Clean, Paint, and Repair, Water Tower
Denton State School:
Laundry Addition
Service Road
A/C Dormitories 519 and 520
Kerrville State Hospital, Enclose Porches on Four Buildings
Travis State School, Kitchen Cold Storage Vault
Wichita Falls State Hospital, Repairs to Elevated Water Tank
Austin State School:
Repair, Renovate, and Addition to Building 547
Exterior Repainting of Major Buildings
box
1993/157-14 Travis State School, Sheltered Workshop
Institute for Human Growth and Development, Austin
Central Office Additions, Austin
Austin State Hospital, Electrical Distribution Improvements
Travis State School, Addition to Infirmary
Terrell State Hospital, A/C Building 651
Rusk State Hospital, Water System Improvements
Austin State Hospital, Rehabilition Complex
Kerrville State Hospital, Rehabilitation and Volunteer Facility
Austin State Hospital, Demolition of Buildings
San Antonio State Hospital, Installation of Additional Burners on Power Plants Boilers
Denton State School, Additions to Electrical Distribution System
Kerrville State Hospital, A/C Buildings 577 and 611
Travis State School:
Floor Repairs, Buildings 618 and 619
A/C Four Ward Buildings
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1993/157-15 Corpus Christi State School, Phase II and IIA Construction
box
1993/157-16 Lubbock State School, Phase II Construction
box
1993/157-17 Lubbock State School (continued), Phase II Construction
Abilene State School, Home Economics Training Building
Richmond State School, Phase II Construction
box
1993/157-18 San Antonio State Hospital, Cafeteria and Ward Buildings
Abilene State School, Renovation of Buildings
box
1993/157-19 Austin State School, A/C Buildings
Travis State School, Rewire Buildings
Big Spring State Hospital, Canteen Modifications
Austin State School, Construction of Laundry Rooms
Travis State School, Swimming Pool
Amarillo State Center, Landscaping and Sprinkler System
Kerrville State Hospital, A/C Buildings
San Antonio State Hospital, Revisions to Cold Storage
Rusk State Hospital, Re-Roof Four Buildings
Mexia State School, Water Main Replacement
Lufkin State School, A/C Two Buildings
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1993/157-20 Corpus Christi State School, Phase II Construction
Lubbock State School, Phase II Construction
San Antonio State Hospital, Survey of Property
Abilene State School, Home Economics Building
Richmond State School:
Install Floor Covering in Gym
Phase II Construction
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1993/157-21 Richmond State School (continued), Phase II Construction
box
1993/157-22 San Antonio State Hospital, Cafeteria and Five Ward Buildings
box
1993/157-23 San Antonio State Hospital (continued), Cafeteria and Five Ward Buildings
Abilene State School, Renovation of Five Buildings
Austin State School, A/C Building 732
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1993/157-24 Austin State School (continued), A/C Building 732
Travis State School :
Rewire Six Buildings
Repaint Interiors of Ward Buildings
Big Spring State Hospital, Canteen Modifications
Austin State School, Laundry Rooms in Eleven Buildings
Travis State School, Swimming Pool
Richmond State School, Parking Lot
Amarillo State Center, Landscaping and Sprinkler System
Vernon Geriatric Center, Construction of Fence
Kerrville State Hospital, A/C Three Buildings
Austin State Hospital, Topographic Survey
box
1993/157-25 San Antonio State Hospital, Boiler Room Equipment and Cold Storage Space
Rusk State Hospital:
Topographic Survey
Re-roof Four Buildings
Mexia State School, Water Main Replacement
Lufkin State School, A/C Two Buildings
Vernon Geriatric Center, Lawn Sprinkler System
San Antonio State Hospital, Foundation Corrections and Repairs
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1993/157-26 Corpus Christi State School, Phase II Construction