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ASEC Named Finalist in Houston Business Journal Building Project Contest    

August 20, 2020

The Aggie Special Events Center (ASEC) was completed in 2019 and is the newest addition to the beautiful Texas A&M University at Galveston campus.

By Andréa Bolt, Communications Specialist, Division of Marketing & Communications

We know our campus is beautiful, but it’s nice when others recognize it, too. The Houston Business Journal has named the Aggies Special Events Center (ASEC) a finalist in its Landmark Awards 2020 competition in the public assembly category.

Opened in 2019, ASEC is a multipurpose space for our entire campus and visitors to enjoy. On the ground floor is the university mailroom, bookstore, the Mugdown coffee cafe, a suite of conference rooms and the back area features office areas for our Human Resources and Administration & Auxiliary Services personnel. 

The sizable upstairs ballroom can hold around 1,000 people in its over 11,000-square feet and can be divided in five convenient ways. It also comes fully equipped with all appropriate audio and visual necessities as well as multiple large drop-down screens. ASEC interior

“The natural light, modern design, energy efficiency and expansive campus views ASEC offers make it a popular study space with our students and just an overall showcase facility,” said Associate Vice President for Administration and Auxiliary Services Grant Shallenberger ‘86. 

Projects are recognized for excellence in design, construction, land planning, management and marketing and their ability to positively portray the look, feel and image of the Greater Houston area. Entries were judged on their total impact to the area, including visual plan, environmental friendliness, job creation and more. 

The general contractors for ASEC were Linbeck Group, LLC and Vaughn Construction. PGAL Inc. acted as both architects and interior designers for the project

Award winners will be announced September 24, 2020.


Media contact:
Andréa Bolt
Communications Specialist

Texas A&M University at Galveston is an ocean-oriented branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in a unique blend of marine and maritime programs, including majors in science, business, engineering, liberal arts, and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M’s sea-grant portion of Texas A&M’s rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.
Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of seven in the U.S. and the only academy integrated into a Tier 1 academic institution, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world. Texas A&M-Galveston is ideally located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where is it surrounded by the industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.

If you are interested in supporting this endeavor or research, please contact the Texas A&M University at Galveston Office of Development by email at or by calling (409) 740-4481.