Howdy! To those of you who are new to our campus, congratulations and welcome. To those of you returning to campus after the summer break – welcome back.
As a new academic year gets underway, I want to provide you with an update about some of the major construction projects on and around campus.
Roadwork on and around campus:
- The Old Main Drive/Wellborn Road Safety Enhancement project is nearing completion. Old Main Drive has reopened and traffic is moving freely between the east and west sides of campus. The remaining work along the south east corner of the project is scheduled for completion September 12, 2013. The completion will be marked with a dedication ceremony October 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
- The City of College Station is working on the extension of Penberthy/Jones Butler Road from George Bush Drive to Luther Street. Work is underway and is expected to continue through summer 2014.
- On State Highway 47 an overpass is being constructed in front of the Health Science Center. This work is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.
- An overpass is being constructed at the intersection of FM2818 and Villa Maria Road. Construction is expected to continue through August 2014.
- The Texas Department of Transportation is reconfiguring the entrance and exit ramps along Highway 6 in Bryan and College Station. These changes will result in lane changes and closures.
Recently completed projects on our campus:
- Hullaballoo Hall, the new residence hall on the north side of campus, has opened and now houses more than 600 students.
- Renovations to Corps Dorm 6 – Lacy Hall – have been completed.
- The Physical Education Activity Program building was completed over the summer. It houses the Health and Kinesiology and Rec Sports operations that were previously located in G. Rollie White Coliseum and the Read Building. It includes four basketball courts, six volleyball courts, multi-purpose activity rooms, classrooms, and meeting rooms. Construction continues on a number of external features such as the archery range, boot camp training area, and walking class trail.
- Transportation Services performed two million dollars in parking lot renovations this past year. The improvements include the complete reconstruction of lots 30c and 32 near the Northside residence halls. Preventive maintenance was performed on lot 100e near Reed Arena. The lot 100e repairs consisted of crack sealing, seal coating and striping the lot. Additionally lots 79 and 80 on Agronomy Road were resurfaced.
On-going projects on campus:
- The J.K. Williams Administration Building was closed in June to undergo extensive renovations and capital renewal to address ADA and fire/life safety requirements, deferred maintenance needs, and the needs of the occupants. Work at J.K. Williams is tied to a second project - Scoates Hall. Scoates Hall will be renovated to address life safety accessibility and infrastructure requirements. Both projects are slated for completion in December 2014. Following the completion of both projects, the final section of the East Quad (the great lawn located between the J.K. Williams Administration Building and the Liberal Arts and Arts & Humanities Building) will be renovated.
- Corps Dorm 7 – Leonard Hall – is being renovated. Work is expected to continue through the summer 2014.
- The Equine Center construction continues. This public-private partnership will create an arena, nutrition research facility, equine reproduction teaching and research center, a teaching and outreach center, and support facilities at the corner of F&B Road and FM2818. The project is expected to be complete in December 2013.
- Work at the Golf Course is nearing completion. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for October 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
- A new building is being constructed to replace the Netum A. Steed Physiology Research and Conditioning Laboratory in preparation of the Kyle Field Redevelopment project. The replacement facility will be located across from Reed Arena on Tom Chandler Road. Construction is scheduled for completion in April 2014.
- The Kyle Field Redevelopment plan is in full swing. Demolition on G. Rollie White Coliseum and the Read Building began on August 19, 2013. You can track the progress of both the demolition and the upcoming construction on kylefield.com/constructioncams. This website details the expected progress and phases of construction. This phased renovation of Kyle Field will allow for games during the 2013 and 2014 football seasons. Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2015. The final seating capacity will be 102, 500.
- Work on Francis Hall is scheduled to begin in October. This capital renewal project will renovate Francis Hall to house the Construction Science Department.
- Through a public-private partnership, Texas A&M University will add more than 4,000 beds (in phases) with the West Campus Housing Project. This student housing complex will be built in phases with 1,800 beds built in the first phase. Construction dates have not yet been confirmed, but the project is slated to begin sometime next year. It will be located near the corners of Discovery Drive and Raymond Stotzer Parkway. The project will include residence halls, parking accommodations, dining facilities, and a community hall.
- Late next spring, the College of Engineering will begin work to add an approximate 142, 000 gross square feet to the Zachry Engineering Complex. This project also includes extensive renovations to the current facility. Once complete the Engineering Education Complex will house a design center; laboratories for experiential learning; classrooms; large tutoring suite; offices for student organizations; faculty and administrative offices; conference rooms; and a large atrium for gatherings, meetings and showcasing student work.
- The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ new Education Building and Small Animal Hospital expansion is scheduled to begin in May 2014. The new facility is expected to house classrooms, teaching laboratories, meeting spaces, administrative and faculty offices, and other support spaces.
In addition to those projects on campus, there are a number of other projects near campus. In particular, there are several construction sites along University Drive. Starting at the corner of University Drive and Texas Avenue construction is underway on Northpoint Crossing, a student housing and retail complex. Northpoint Crossing is slated for completion in early fall 2014. Immediately adjacent to that site is Campus Pointe, a public-private partnership with Texas A&M University that will include a hotel, game day condos, apartments, retail space, and office space. That area is closed in preparation for demolition. Construction at Campus Pointe is scheduled for completion in December 2014. Finally, another private student housing facility is going up on College Avenue between Inlow Boulevard and Cross Street called the U Center at Northgate.
As always, you may refer to http://aggiemap.tamu.edu for up-to-date information about construction on campus. Construction zones are denoted with a red mesh overlay. Clicking on the construction zone will open a dialog box with the name of the project, the estimated start and end dates, and a link to additional information (which includes funding information). You may enable or disable this feature using the Construction check box on the Legend tab.
In closing, thank you for your patience with the temporary inconveniences created by these projects. I wish each of you the very best as we move forward in this new academic year.
Dr. Rodney P. McClendon
Vice President for Administration