Groundbreaking Held for $46 Million Academic Building at Texas A&M-Galveston

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday on a new $46 million Academic Building that will elevate Texas A&M University at Galveston teaching and research.

The 86,000-squarefoot building will be completed in the summer of 2017 and will be the first phase of a new complex that will include a new visitor’s center, classrooms, laboratories, academic services area and administrative offices.

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Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said that the new building “will draw this campus together like never before.  We know how valuable this campus is to the state of Texas, and this proves it: the students who graduate from here have the highest starting salaries of any school in Texas ($70,000)

“This is an amazing place that is truly unique in the state of Texas,” Sharp noted.

“It is important to the state economy and the nation that the Texas A&M System continues to invest in this campus and its mission of training the next generation of Sea Aggies.”

Added Texas A&M President Michael K. Young, “This new Academic Building will serve as a sort of ‘front door’ to the campus be a tremendous asset to the students, faculty and staff here.  You can be proud that 90 percent of the students who leave here have a job waiting for them or have already been accepted to graduate school.”

Phase two of the academic complex will include additional lecture rooms and support services, and phase three will complete the project with the addition of a new library.

Said Admiral Smith, this is the largest building project in the history of our campus. It marks a time of historic growth for us. Everything in the building will be state-of-the art and will benefit our mission of teaching, research and service.”