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About the Complex

Project Leader—Texas A&M University System Facilities Planning and Construction
Project ManagerAgriLife Facilities and Engineering
Project ArchitectKirksey Architecture
Building ContractorSkanksa USA Building, Inc.
Cost: $76,716,000

About the ComplexPlans for the four building Agriculture and Life Sciences complex began in 2005. The two phase 1 buildings, the Agriculture and Life Sciences Building (AGLS) and the AgriLife Center (AGCT), were completed in February 2011. Phase 2, the AgriLife Services Building (AGSV), is scheduled for completion in January of 2012. Construction of Phase 3, the AgriLife Conference Center, has not yet been scheduled.
The complex brings together the Texas A&M AgriLife personnel from across multiple buildings on the Texas A&M campus, two cities and three off campus sites. The AGLS complex is now the statewide headquarters for two AgriLife agencies, the Vice Chancellor’s office, three academic departments and the Dean’s office for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Additionally, the complex brings the AgriLife service divisions (Administrative Services, Communications and Information Technology) together with the people they serve. All of agriculture and life sciences now has a central home on west campus.

About Texas A&M AgriLifeSince Texas A&M University became a land-grant institution in 1876, Texas A&M has been a recognized leader in agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences. With teaching, research, extension, and laboratory facilities throughout Texas, Texas A&M AgriLife serves people of all ages and background, and is a cornerstone of one of the state’s premier institutions of higher education.

 

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AGLS Building

 

The AgriLife Center (AGCT)

What is the AgriLife Center?The AgriLife Center is a multi–-use event and exhibit center for AgriLife and the general public. The center provides a venue to demonstrate the impact and value of our work. Additionally, it is an exciting space for lectures, special events, traveling exhibits, and displays of student and faculty work.

Find more information on events and reserving space at agrilife.org/agrilifecenter.

 

AgriLife Services Building

 

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The Agriculture and Life Sciences Complex architect, Kirksey Architecture of Houston, is ranked number one in the category “Largest Houston Area Green Architects” by the Houston Business Journal. The new Agriculture and Life Sciences buildings are built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standard, and feature energy-efficient mechanical systems, as well as the following additional environmental features, in keeping with our commitment to good stewardship of the land, air, soil, and water:

Cistern Canopy and Rainwater Capture—A two-story canopy runs parallel to the Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, creating shade, and forming an impressive structure and the largest of the building’s green features. The pillars of the canopy are actually four 9,000–gallon water cisterns. Roof runoff and rainwater will drain into a 40,000–gallon underground tank, and will be used for irrigating landscaping around the complex.

Bioswale—Located at the back of the complex, a gently sloping landscape element called a bioswale will help clean silt and pollutants from surface runoff water before it flows to a storm sewer.

Showers and Bike Racks—Clean air, reduced energy use, and fitness are important to us, so the new Agriculture and Life Sciences Complex will include numerous bike racks for health–and–energy–conscious commuters, as well as three showers inside the building for cyclists, walkers, and others who exercise during the workday.

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