Texas A&M Dedicates New $104 Million Emerging Technologies Building

Texas A&M's campus continues to grow skyward as new buildings open for learning and living.

News 3 had a tour inside the school's new $104 million Emerging Technologies Building dedicated Friday and took at look at what's to come.

There seems to be no escaping construction around so many corners of the campus of Texas A&M.

Students like Mackenzy Liljedahl see it as a sign of progress.

"There is a lot of construction and sometimes it gets annoying but then I remember that it's all going to come together really beautiful. And we're an older campus, so I think it's necessary to rebuild it almost and get everything looking gorgeous cause we deserve it," said Liljedahl, a communications sophomore.

The latest masterpiece you might not know about is the massive Emerging Technologies Building.

With 90 classrooms and 212,000 square feet of space, new technologies are being studied and researched including the work of Texas A&M Assistant Professor Tom Ferris.

It's here they've discovered a cheaper way to monitor brain activity and even ways to influence mental processes, with a remote controlled suit that uses touch to communicate messages to the person wearing it.

"We've filled the lab with grad students and undergraduate students who are doing cool research we have the ability to do that here so it's a great place to be," said Tom Ferris, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The Emerging Technologies Building is the latest addition to the skyline of A&M. In all more than a $1 billion in construction has happened here in the last ten years.

"We have almost 800 buildings on campus so the need to renew old buildings is always there. And of course we're still growing as an institution now 50,000 students strong along with almost 10,000 faculty and staff. So space is required of course to get our work done." said R. Bowen Loftin, Ph.D., Texas A&M University President.

The finishing touches continue on the soon to open 400,000 square foot new and improved Memorial Student Center.

But the breezeway and fountain by Rudder Tower are back open for people passing through.

"Since I've been on campus it's been closed and so I've never gotten to experience it and I'm thrilled beyond belief that it's going to be opening," added Mackenzy Liljedahl.

A building boom that's giving Aggies a world class learning environment.

The MSC opens April 21st after undergoing a $127 million renovation.

Meanwhile, a new liberal arts building will be dedicated later this year.

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