Blinn Gets Early Look at West Bryan Campus Plan

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BRENHAM - We now know a little more about Blinn College's plans for its west Bryan campus.

Tuesday night, Blinn trustees got a presentation from Kirksey Architecture as they work on a final master plan for 94 acres at the corner of FM 2818 and Leonard Road. The final proposal likely comes to the board in November.

Phase 1 of the multi-phase plan would build enough at the stie for 2,500 students. One academic building with 18 classrooms and eight labs would be built, along with one building for other functions. Plus, more than 1,000 parking spaces would be part of Phase 1.

Blinn has said its goal is to have classes on the second Bryan campus in 2017.

When the project is complete, ten buildings would be on the campus. Seven would be for academics. About 6,000 parking spaces would be created.

In addition, three ponds are proposed along with green space.

“There is a lot of natural beauty – ponds, flora, large oak trees – that are important to us in laying out the campus,” said Steve Durham with Kirksey Architects. “How can we use the topography and the beauty that’s already there and incorporate those into our campus design?”

Blinn officials say they want to build more science, technology, engineering and mathematics offerings. They also hope to expand workforce, technical, research and health-related education programs.

More than 19,000 students were enrolled as of last fall, according to the college.