Texas A&M Life Sciences Building

Two days after breaking ground on a new physics building, Texas A&M is at it again. The largest, single construction project in the school's history is underway. It's a multi-million dollar Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building.

"This represents a monumental achievement for us as an institution and it signifies excellence, a commitment to excellence in all that we do,"
Texas A&M University President Robert Gates said.

Friday, Texas A&M officials broke ground on a 95 million dollar life sciences building, the largest single construction project in the school's history.

"This building is a great example of the interconnections of life sciences from chemistry, to agriculture, to biology, to engineering, this building will provide a structure that facilitates the important connections among the researchers," Texas A&M's Dr. Richard E. Ewing said.

The 220 thousand square foot building will stand in the heart of the campus.

"I can only think at how dramatically things have changed and how they will continue to change with the addition of this facility," President Gates said.

The building will have a 300 seat auditorium, research and teaching space, and is LEED certified, environmentally friendly and cost effective.

"As we continue to find answers to complex and intricate questions in life sciences we will no doubt significantly add to new knowledge and understanding right here in the life science building. It's a tall order for campus let alone a building if it can be accomplished anywhere it can be accomplished at Texas A&M," Ewing said.

Construction should be finished by the summer of 2008.

The life sciences building is part of a series of construction projects the university is planning totaling approximately 300 million dollars.

Other projects on the drawing board include a technologies and economic development building, and expansions in the animal sciences department.