G. Rollie White Coliseum is history, and history in the making−construction of the first phase of vastly expanded Kyle Field will begin on its former site later this month, highlighting Texas A&M University’s continuing building program to serve a growing student body and expanded activities on several fronts.
Work on the renovated and expanded Kyle Field shifts into high gear after the last home game Nov. 9. For a glimpse at how the completed project will look, go to http://kylefield.com/the-vision.
Many of the educational and recreational activities formerly conducted at G. Rollie and the adjacent Read Building—including an area that includes two basketball courts—are now available at the newly opened Physical Education Activity Program Building near Reed Arena on the West Campus. The facility boasts an array of classrooms and areas for instruction in health and kinesiology, along with a large interior area that can accommodate multiple basketball and volleyball courts.
The first new residence hall to be built on campus in almost a quarter-century also was opened for the start of the fall semester. Currently known as Hullaballoo Hall, it serves 648 students on the north side of the campus. It is built on the former sites of Crocker, McInnis and Moore Hall Residence Halls.
The Corps of Cadets is also benefitting in the housing arena. Dorm 6, also known as Lacy Hall, has been renovated in much the same manner as two dorms were enhanced last year, and similar work is now under way at Dorm 7, also known as Leonard Hall. More such upgrades are planned in the 12-dorm Quad to serve the growing Corps.
The Equine Center, being constructed through a public-private partnership at the corner of F&B Road and FM 2818, is scheduled for completion late this year. It will serve various teaching, research and outreach programs, in addition to being headquarters for several student organizations, including Parsons Mounted Cavalry.
The newly renovated university golf course is scheduled to reopen Oct. 25. In addition to a revamped 19-hole course, it will include an additional three holes for student instructional and research purposes.
Major renovation programs are under way at the Jack K. Williams Administration Building and Scoates Hall. Both projects are scheduled for completion by December 2014, officials note.
Access between the main campus and West Campus is being significantly enhanced with the opening of the grade separation project at Old Main Drive and Wellborn Road. The safety-driven project serves both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Dedication ceremonies are set for Oct. 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Vice President for Administration Rodney McClendon covered many of those current and future construction and related campus projects in an update provided to faculty, staff and students. His memo to the campus community can be viewed at http://vpa.tamu.edu/201309ConstructionUpdate.aspx.