COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Thursday approved the construction of four important building projects that will benefit multiple Texas A&M University System institutions. This includes a new engineering building at Tarleton State University and a new science and technology building at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Texas Legislature and the thoughtful guidance of our Board, the A&M System is experiencing a period of significant strategic growth,” said A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “These new facilities will further enhance our ability to serve and educate students, particularly in key fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math.”
Tarleton State’s new engineering building will provide much-needed laboratory, classroom, and administrative space on their Stephenville campus. For the first time, all of the university’s engineering, engineering technology and computer science programs – including programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering – will be under one roof. The building will house a robotics lab, a prototyping lab, a fluids and materials testing lab, a wind tunnel, and other innovative educational spaces. Because of its high-visibility location, it is also expected to become the new signature building for the campus. “
The new science and technology building at A&M-San Antonio will support the instructional and research activities of all three of the university’s colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education & Human Development. One of the System’s newest institutions, A&M-San Antonio expanded from a two-year upper division institution to a comprehensive four-year university in 2016. It also recently relocated the College of Business from Brooks City-Base to the main campus. These two major developments, in combination with the university’s already rapid growth, have created a significant need for more classroom space, which this building will help meet.
The Board also approved the construction of a new Dallas AgriLife Center Project, which will provide a new iconic and state-of-the-art hub for the science and public outreach activities of the AgriLife Research and Extension Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Through Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the AgriLife Center produces science-based research, technologies and educational programs to help residents and other entities in the region to manage and conserve natural resources.
Additionally, the Board approved the next phase of construction on a major equine complex at Texas A&M University, which will include facilities for nutrition research labs, a large covered feeding barn, a veterinary examination area, and an area for hay and grain storage, among other features.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $946 million in FY 2015 and helped drive the state’s economy.
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