The grand opening for Texas A&M University’s new Liberal Arts and Humanities Building, which houses the Departments of English and Performance Studies, will be held April 19, at 2 p.m. in the east courtyard of Texas A&M’s newest structure.
Speakers at the grand opening will include Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp and University President R. Bowen Loftin, as well as Dean José Bermúdez of the College of Liberal Arts.
“The opening of the new Liberal Arts and Humanities Building is truly a transformational event for the College of Liberal Arts,” said Bermúdez. “With the addition of this facility, Texas A&M now has theater and music facilities commensurate with a top-tier research university. The spaces supporting undergraduate teaching and faculty research are most impressive, and will help us recruit the best students and outstanding faculty from Texas and beyond.”
The ceremony, which will be held in the open-air courtyard that is one of the building’s signature features, will open with a guitar prelude performed by Isaac Bustos, an award-winning guitarist and an assistant professor for the Department of Performance Studies. Interactive tours by students and faculty will begin immediately following the ceremony.
The five-story, 120,000-square-foot brick-and-limestone structure broke ground in 2010. It contains a state-of-the-art recording studio, black box theater, volumes of poetry by John Donne, and is the headquarters for the World Shakespeare Bibliography.
Brown Reynolds Watford Architects and Skanska, the construction general contractor, designed and erected the building with sustainability in mind. Non-toxic carpeting runs throughout, and a rainwater cistern is located under the building to collect irrigation water for the surrounding grounds.
The Liberal Arts and Humanities Building is located in the historic core of campus, situated between the Melbern G. Glasscock Building and the Jack K. Williams Administration Building. Its location reinforces how central the liberal arts are to the core of teaching and learning at Texas A&M University, said Bermúdez.