A&M System regents approve funds for Corps dorm renovations

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    The home of more than 2,400 cadets at Texas A&M University's Corps District in the southside quadrangle will see $115 million in improvements from 2015 through 2017 after the Texas A&M System Board of Regents approved completion of the corps dorm renovation project Wednesday.

    Lacy and Harrell Halls recently completed renovations as part of the 2012 Corps District Plan, while Leonard Hall is under construction for renovations. The approved funding will continue the 2012 plan by similarly renovating the remaining nine buildings. The buildings in the district will have new modern amenities inside while retaining their traditional exteriors.

    Two new Leadership Learning Centers will replace old lounges between Kiest/Fountain halls and Spence/Briggs halls, with each featuring a print and copy center, commons area, community learning center and a meeting space. The center between Kiest and Fountain halls will feature an office suite and coffee shop.

    A&M System spokesman Steve Moore said Chancellor John Sharp and A&M University Interim President Mark Hussey hope the makeover will be a selling point for future cadets.

    "Chancellor Sharp in conjunction with Dr. Hussey initiated the idea of broad-scale Corps dorm redevelopment," Moore said. "And that was quickly embraced by the Board of Regents as an initiative. The updated corps dorms will serve to enhance the appeal of life in the Corps of Cadets and continue to accelerate the growth in cadet population."

    The historic Quad will also receive improvements after construction including replaced sidewalks, improved landscaping and lighting and a paved internal quad area.

    Fountain, Kiest, Briggs, Spence and Gainer halls, the two Leadership Learning Centers and the north half quad improvements are expected to be completed by August 2016. Whitely, White, Harrington and Utay halls as well as the south quad improvements should be completed by August 2017.

    The Board of Regents also approved a $20 million upgrade project for utility plants that will meet the heating and cooling requirements for the growing student population.

    The project includes the installation of a 3 million gallon chilled water storage tank at Satellite Utility Plant 2 near the intersection of Agronomy Road and Raymond Stotzer Parkway, three new boilers at Satellite Utility Plant 1 off John Kimbrough Boulevard, replacement of a chiller at the Central Utility Plant off Ross Street and a cooling tower upgrade at Satellite Utility Plant 3 next to the Memorial Student Center.


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