TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, Tex. (KBTX) Texas A&M University just revealed its new Campus Master Plan. It lays out changes on campus for the next 15 years and beyond.
Dr. Jorge Vanegas is the Dean of the College of Architecture at the university. He says this plan adapts for changes that the original 2004 master plan did not cover.
"This master plan provides what I would call ‘The Gutter Guards’ within which the university can grow in a structured and cohesive way to better reflect our role for the future,” said Dr. Vanegas.
The plan includes simple changes, such as new signs that will make it easier for students and visitors to navigate their way around campus by foot or bicycle.
"One of the things we've always discussed was for the community and for visitors, how they experience the campus is just as important for people who have to be here every day. So it's an integral part of the community,” said Dana Dixon.
Dixon is part of a team of associates at Ayer Saint Gross, the company that was hired to complete the master plan.
It also includes more complex changes, such as merging West Campus and Main Campus into one cohesive unit.
"One of our big drivers, or objectives, is to really tie the campus together as a whole. There were parts that had developed over time that weren't connected with other pieces so really looking at the open space network to tie everything together, the quads, the malls, and the walkways,” said Dixon.
Most parking lots will be converted to green space where people can eat, study or relax.
To compensate for the parking lots, more parking structures will be added to the parameters of the campus.
“You have heard that we lead. And we lead by example. It's one of our core values. I think with this update to this master plan we're going to be leading also in the facility and the built environment that actually supports an enterprise of the quality and world class that Texas A&M University is,” said Dr. Vanegas.
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