Set to open for the Fall of 2012, Texas A&M at Gavleston's new residence halls represent the University's first new Residence Hall construction in over 30 years. The result of nearly five years of planning, the two buildings have individual footprints of over 74,000 square feet a piece and 175,000 overall. They will hold approximately 294 beds a piece and 588 all together. Also located in these buildings will be ample space for meeting with one dedicated lounge for each community (about 49 beds) along with a designated study space for each community featuring floor to ceiling glass windows, markerboards and study-friendly furniture. Each building will also contain one two bedroom/two bath faculty-staff apartment along with offices on first floor for administration space and multiple multi-purpose rooms on the second and third floors for student use. As with all other rooms on the Galveston campus, the New Residence Halls will feature a 4 student, 2 room/1 bath suite layout. These rooms have been designed with a designated study/living area outside of both rooms and separate from the interior hallway. Needless to say, these new buildings will represent the cutting edge of residence hall design.