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Texas A&M University at Galveston Groundbreaking Ceremony
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Texas A&M University at Galveston held a groundbreaking ceremony for two new residence halls on Monday.
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“This ceremony marks an important milestone for the campus,” said Grant Shallenberger, TAMUG’s assistant vice president of Student Affairs and Auxiliary Services. “This new 588 bed residence hall will be Galveston campus’ first residence hall project in about 30 years.

He said the $28.2 million project, to be completed in 2012 will allow the campus to house a larger percentage of the students and support continued enrollment growth.

“What a great day in Aggieland,” said Robert Smith, the new president and CEO of the university. “This is a special occasion for us – for faculty, for students, for everyone in Galveston and on Pelican Island particularly.”

“Our students come here not just to live in the residence halls, but they come here to live, learn and grow,” said Rodney McClendon, vice president of administration for Texas A&M in College Station, representing TAMU President Dr. Bowen Loftin who was unable to participate in the event.

“This is an exciting time for Texas A&M University at Galveston and its current and its future students,” said Arielle Carcidi, the student body president.  

David Andrews, principal of PAGL Architects, and Rafael Figueroa, president of Collegiate Builders, participated in the groundbreaking.

"We are very pleased to be here today at this great event," Andrews said.  "It seems like we just started designing this project and now we're starting construction."

"We are really excited to be part of this campus," Figueroa said.

The student housing facilities are being constructed on the north side of the Mitchell campus at the intersection of Seawolf Parkway and Texas Clipper Road.  Support spaces planned in both facilities include a reception/office area, laundry rooms and study/lounge areas.  The New Student Housing facilities will contain a total area of approximately 185,000 gross square feet.

The exterior design is compatible with the existing campus architecture and is designed to meet Texas Windstorm requirements. Plans and Renderings

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