New Science Building and Expansions in the Works at Texas A&M
A new science building and facility expansion are in the works at Texas A&M. On February 9th, the University System Board of Regents approved a $120 million building and facility expansion for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in College Station, Texas. The new building will house high-tech laboratories and classrooms that are expected to facilitate learning by offering a superior science research atmosphere.
A small animal hospital will also be expanded, which combined with the classrooms and laboratories will offer the opportunity for advancements in teaching, interdisciplinary cooperation and research ingenuity at the college. The project signifies an important expansion for the school, and is expected to play a significant role in recruiting top-notch faculty, staff and students.
Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said in a press release, "The building will be one of the largest construction projects in the history of the university, which speaks volumes about the importance veterinary medicine plays in our state's economy, as well as in our daily lives.”
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The $120 million needed to build the facilities will be donated by the Permanent University Fund, which was established in the Texas Constitution of 1876 as a public investment that creates money for the institutions at Texas A&M and the University of Texas System. University administrators are no doubt excited about the contribution. While visiting the site, the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education and Texas A&M administrators remarked that the school needed to improve their teaching facilities to keep up with rapid expansion in the veterinary field.
"The new facility represents a tremendous opportunity to bring the latest in teaching technology to the CVM (College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences) and to Texas A&M University," said Dr. Eleanor Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. In regards to the date of completion, Green seemed hopeful. "In 2016, we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary. It would be outstanding if we were able to step into our new facilities as we step into a new century."
Now that the buildings have been approved for construction, administrators of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will start the process of planning and designing the facilities. 2016 is not far away, and there is still a lot of work to be done. Once construction is complete, however, science research at Texas A&M University is sure to be greatly enriched.
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