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Ground Broken for New Agriculture Headquarters

5/22/2008

By Bill Gibbs, billgibbs@tamu.edu, 979-845-2211

COLLEGE STATION—The Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas AgriLife hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Agriculture Headquarters Building and Visitor Center on Friday, May 22.

The new buildings will be constructed near the corner of John Kimbrough Boulevard and Penberthy Road on Texas A&M’s west campus.View Photos from the Ground Breaking on Flickr

Speakers for the ceremony included Texas A&M System Chancellor Dr. Michael McKinney, Texas A&M President Dr. Elsa Murano, Board of Regent member Morris Foster and Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Life Sciences Dr. Mark Hussey. Hussey also presided over the ceremony.

“Welcome to a new era for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M”, Hussey said. “This new agriculture headquarters building will be the flagship of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Texas A&M AgriLife agencies. It will be the central location for the vice chancellor and dean’s office, and for the directors of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. It will also be home to the Department of Agricultural Economics; the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications; and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.”

The headquarters building will be 166,000 sq. ft. and be five stories.

A 13,000 sq. ft. visitor center will also be constructed.

View the Ground Breaking Invitation“The visitor center will showcase agriculture and the life sciences as vital components of everyday living,” Hussey said. “It will promote and honor the land-grant mission of Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife, highlighting the impact that teaching, research, extension, and service have on the citizens of our state, the nation, and the world. And it will show young people the variety of opportunities open to them today in agriculture and the life sciences.”

Hussey also noted that the new buildings will be rated by the U.S. Green Building Council, achieving LEED Silver certification. “The new buildings’ roofing will also capture rainwater which will flow into a 40,000-gallon underground tank, to be used for irrigation, Hussey said. “We will achieve optimum energy performance through window glazing to reduce light pollution, through an efficient heating and cooling system, and through high-performance lighting. The building site adjoins the Texas A&M University greenbelt, and a community garden will be maintained on the building grounds.”

The two buildings will cost $62.4 million and are scheduled to be completed in 2011. They are the first of four buildings envisioned for the site.

 

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Grand Opening of the Agriculture and Life Sciences Complex
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