Gov. Abbott Signs Law for $3.35 billion in Statewide Higher Ed Capital Spending
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A new arts and media building in Corpus Christi. An agriculture education complex in Commerce. Health sciences education facilities in Stephenville, McAllen, Laredo and San Antonio.
These are among the projects that will benefit generations of students in The Texas A&M University System through a new capital spending program signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott this week. SB52 had been approved earlier in the month by the Texas Legislature.
The bill funds $3.35 billion in specific capital projects for Texas higher education institutions, including $727.4 million for universities of The Texas A&M System. Here are the planned projects within the A&M System:
- Prairie View A&M University: $45 million for building of lecture halls, classrooms and a central hub of student and academic support services.
- West Texas A&M University: $45 million for a major rehabilitation of “Old Ed,” the 1928 education building, and improvements to bring nine education-related buildings into state safety code compliance.
- Texas A&M University-Texarkana: $45 million for a building to provide the College of Business, Engineering and Technology with cutting-edge research labs and teaching space.
- Texas A&M University-San Antonio: $45 million for a building to house public health and education programs, with high-tech classrooms and labs the campus’ first teaching auditorium.
- Texas A&M University-Central Texas: $45 million to improve safety and efficiency with a centralized operational infrastructure facility connecting law enforcement, emergency operations, telecommunications, electrical and storage.
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: $45 million for an arts and media building that will provide programs in theatre, music, media and visual arts with state-of-the-art space for classes, rehearsals and performances and house faculty and administrative offices, conference rooms and academic support areas.
- Texas A&M University-Kingsville: $45 million to catch up on a number of deferred maintenance projects on the campus, which has about 90 structures built between 1925 and 1989.
- Texas A&M International University: $45 million for a center housing classrooms, labs and other modern space for health sciences education and research. The facility will include a large assembly suitable for commencement exercise and other major events.
- Texas A&M University-Commerce: $45 million for an indoor-outdoor Agriculture Education complex to house modern teaching and research labs and host conferences, agriculture expos and competitions.
- Tarleton State University: $90 million primarily for an allied health facility Stephenville to house new programs for physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, registered dieticians, and speech pathologists and assistants. Spending also will go to Fort Worth campus improvements.
- South Texas Center – McAllen Campus -McAllen: $30 million for a second building at the Higher Education Center, a new home for classrooms and research labs for new nursing education program and other areas.
- Texas A&M University at Galveston: $34 million toward a building for modern classrooms, teaching labs, research labs and officers engineering programs, especially associated with the economic, social and ecological sustainability of the ocean.
- Texas A&M University: $56 million for a new veterinary medicine small animal hospital, replacing an outdated facility and responding to a growing demand for veterinarians across the state.
- Texas A&M System-RELLIS: $43 million for a STEM education center equipped with high-tech hardware and collaborative learning space where students in science, technology, engineering and math can work with people from industry and System engineering agencies.
- Texas A&M Health Science Center: $70 million for TMC3, a multi-institution biomedical research campus in Houston that includes including the Texas A&M EnMed program, in which students simultaneously earn engineering master’s degrees and medical degrees.
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