AMARILLO - West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) celebrated the groundbreaking of a $48.1 million Agricultural Sciences Complex.
The nearly 160,000-sf complex will become the centerpiece of the school's agricultural sciences program and play a significant role in a veterinary partnership with Texas A&M University.
It is slated for completion by fall 2018.
Located east of Buffalo Sports Park, the complex includes a research laboratory, meat lab, classrooms, a multipurpose arena and office space that will allow for a doubling of agricultural sciences faculty.
Ultimately, WT hopes to raise $10 million to supplement $38.1 million in funding from revenue tuition bonds approved by the Texas Legislature.
The facilities will be a key recruiting tool in an agreement recently forged between WT and Texas A&M.
The two schools will collaborate to funnel WT pre-vet students to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in College Station, where a massive vet teaching complex recently opened.
WTAMU's mascot is the Buffalo and shortened to The Buffs.
The first University buffaloes were purchased in 1922 from the historic herd maintained by Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight on their T-Anchor Ranch.