Aggie Insider: A&M Under Construction Since 1876

By: Dennise Quintanilla Email
By: Dennise Quintanilla Email

College Station, TX So here in Aggieland we like to joke around and say that A&M has been under construction since 1876, because there’s always something going on! Since I’ve been a student here which was Fall of 2010, I can think of so many construction projects that were completed. Military walk was restored, the MSC re-opened, the new liberal arts building was built, the YMCA building was renovated, the passage way to west campus was done, the new residence hall was built in the north side of campus, and the list goes on and on. Without doubt, A&M is adjusting to the increasing number of student enrollments that have impacted the university in the past few years. With the increasing exposure of Texas A&M a lot more students are making it their #1 choice, and I don’t blame them! So the construction is not even close to being over. There are more exciting projects on their way!

Kyle Field renovation

Home of the 12th man! Kyle Field has been the home to the Aggie football team since 1904 and has been a complete stadium since 1927 with a capacity of 82,589 making it the 7th largest in the Southeastern Conference. The recent exposure of Texas A&M and the increasing number of prospective students led Texas A&M to consider renovating Kyle Field. On May 1, 2013, the Board of Regents at Texas A&M approved a $450 million renovation of Kyle Field increasing the capacity to 102,500 people making it the largest stadium in the SEC and the third largest in the country. Without doubt, the new Kyle Field will become a great tourist attraction that visitors would not want to miss. Check out Kyle Field renovation to see how the new stadium will look like.

Student Recreation Center expansion

The student population has increased 25% since the REC first opened in 1995. The REC is now overcrowded at times and that’s exactly what the department of recreational sports is trying to avoid in order to meet the needs of students. The weight room is one of the areas in which overcrowding is present. Students have to wait about 10-15 minutes for something to open up. Therefore, to avoid waiting students have to adjust their schedules to go to the REC at a more convenient time when it’s not as full. The weight and fitness room will double in size, and new activity rooms for group exercise classes and student organizations and banquets will be added. Gymnasium space will also be added and the in-door swimming pools will be renovated. The project has an estimated cost of $33.5 million.

Dorms in west campus

We are so used to asking other students on campus, “Where do you live, north side or south side?” but I guess now we have to add “west side” to that question. A company has been selected for the construction of the west campus housing project which will consist of 4,000 beds built on 46 acres along University Drive where the Howdy Farm is currently located. The project has an estimated cost of more than $200 million. Along with the new residence hall, a community support building will also be built which will include dining services and other amenities.

Other Projects

Other projects that are also on their way include:

  • The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has begun construction of a new 13,900 square foot facility on F&B Road
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' new Education Building construction is scheduled to begin in May 2014
  • The Dulie Bell Building located at the corner of Wellborn Road and University Drive is being demolished. The area will be converted into parking spaces beginning in May 2014.
  • Francis Hall is being renovated to house the Department of Construction Science.

5-10 years from now I will not be able to recognize this amazing campus that has been my home for the past 3.5 years. It makes me proud to know that Texas A&M is constantly changing and for the better. We are on our way to only becoming the best of the best!

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