BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Construction on Texas A&M-Fort Worth campus will begin next month after the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously gave the go-ahead on a Law and Education Building.
The eight-story building, at a cost of $150 million, will anchor a new research campus in southeast downtown Fort Worth. It is the first of three high-rise structures to be built and financed by the Texas A&M System, the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the private sector.
“Our goal is to spur business and job growth in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities and throughout North Texas,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “This is a gamechanger for everyone involved.”
Civic leaders from Fort Worth and Tarrant County recruited the Texas A&M System to help address workforce issues and economic development. For example, half of the 1.2 million adults in Tarrant County, age 25 and older, lack a college degree. The A&M System will bring its research, education and service opportunities to help workers and employers.
The Law and Education Building, which will become the new home to Texas A&M’s fast-growing School of Law, also will house courses in engineering, health care, nursing and other subjects offered by Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Health, and Tarleton State University.
The campus, to be built on four city blocks, eventually will include a Research and Innovation Building where the private sector, including some of the city’s largest employers, and the A&M System’s agencies can work together. The Gateway Building will house offices, more classroom and meeting spaces, and a conference center.
The goal is to complete the campus by 2027.
While construction on the Law and Education Building begins next month, the accelerated schedule means some final design decisions, such as the color of the bricks, will be made in the coming weeks.
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 $7.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 24 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy.
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