Texas A&M University has started construction of its new $US120 million Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Education Complex.
The ground was officially broken on the project on Wednesday. The special day also marked the opening of the doors to the university’s new equine complex.
The university’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) provides about 10 percent of all veterinarians in the United States.
The capital project will be one of the largest construction projects on the Texas A&M campus.
“The new facility represents a tremendous opportunity to bring the latest in teaching technology to the CVM and to Texas A&M University,” said Dr Eleanor Green, who is the dean of veterinary medicine.
The new building will house state-of-the-art classroom and teaching laboratory space.
The $US120 million needed for the capital works will be funded solely from the Permanent University Fund, which was established in the Texas Constitution of 1876 as a public endowment contributing to the support of the institutions of the Texas A&M and University of Texas Systems.
Green noted that the opportunity to launch a construction project such as this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was important to the planning team to look across the country at not only the current trends in classroom innovation and teaching technology, but also what new advances may be on the horizon.
“We wanted to design a building that would not only meet our needs now, but also would be flexible enough to meet our education needs in the next 50 years. In 2016, we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary,” said Green. “We will step into our new facilities as we step into a new century.”