TAMU's future 268,000-SF Engineering VillageTAMU's future 268,000-SF Engineering Villagehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=31862014-09-04T13:23:00Z2014-09-04T00:00:00Z

COLLEGE STATION - The plan and its numbers are staggering — 25,000 engineering students by 2025 — but this semester Texas A&M will experience growth on par with its engineering expansion goals.

The Dwight Look College of Engineering is expanding by roughly 268,000 sf. Two new engineering facilities will be opened and the Zachry Engineering Center will become the Engineering Education Complex (EEC) by January 2015, said Tell Butler, director of engineering facilities.

An “Engineering Village” consisting of eight new greenhouse-inspired buildings will be built in front of the Student Computing Center between Lamar St. and Lubbock St.

These buildings will cost roughly $4 million and will add 36,000 sf of engineering undergraduate classrooms.

“Six [greenhouses] will become first year engineering student classrooms,” Butler said. “The maximum capacity in each classroom will be 100 students, and the other [greenhouses] will become office spaces.”

The 32,000-sf Engineering Research Building (ERB) is under construction in Research Park and will be partially opened by December, with the full building opened by March 2015. The ERB will house research labs, a nanotechnology group and an energy institute. It is expected to cost $23 million.

All departments, labs and classrooms will be moved out of the Zachry Engineering Center by December and construction will begin January 2015.

“We’re going to take [Zachry] down to the bare structural frame and we’re going to renovate it and we’re going to add an additional 200,000 sf to it,” Butler said. “The new building will house multiple flexible lab spaces, classrooms, administration spaces and shop areas for rapid prototyping.”

This construction stems from the 25 by 25 Initiative — 25,000 engineering students by 2025. In addition, all engineering classes will number less than 100 students. Faculty and staff hires are on the rise and freshmen are no longer admitted directly into a degree-granting major.

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