State Building Commission

By: Phil Bible

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: April 6, 2019

The State Building Commission, established by the adoption of a constitutional amendment in 1954, was composed of the governor, the attorney general, and the chairman of the Board of Control. An executive director was appointed by the commission, and work was carried out under his supervision in divisions of the organization, which included administration, design, analysis, inspection, fiscal matters, and architectural barriers to the handicapped. The commission had the responsibility of planning and constructing new state buildings and remodeling existing ones. In addition, it was authorized to arrange for the acquisition of new building sites. The erection of certain monuments and historical memorials was also made the responsibility of the commission in cooperation with the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (see TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION). In 1965 the Fifty-ninth Legislature enacted into law the State Building Construction Administration Act to provide for the orderly planning of buildings constructed by the state, to provide for the adequate inspection of construction in progress, and to provide for reasonably accurate projection of building-program requirements and estimates of the costs of proposed projects before legislative appropriation. In 1970 the Sixty-first Legislature passed an act regulating standards and specifications for public buildings in regard to the physically handicapped and assigned the commission the duty of enforcement. The Energy Conservation in Buildings Act, passed by the Sixty-fourth Legislature, aimed at providing measures designed to reduce energy consumption. The commission supervised planning and inspection of building projects for all state agencies except the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation>, institutions of higher learning (see TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD), the Texas Board of Corrections, the Texas Youth Commission, and the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. In 1977 the state legislature abolished the State Building Commission, and its responsibilities were assumed by the Board of Control, which later became the State Purchasing and General Services Commission.

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Phil Bible, “State Building Commission,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 01, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 6, 2019