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Texas A&M Rec Center set to get $50 million upgrade

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Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:00 am

The Texas A&M Student Recreation Center is set to get its first major facelift since opening in 1995 -- a $50 million renovation that will increase its space by 25 percent.

The university is soliciting bids from companies who will work with San Antonio-based architect Marmon Monk to renovate the center. The request calls for nearly 20,000 square feet of renovated space, nearly 36,000 square feet of natatorium renovation and more than 113,000 square feet of new construction. The design is somewhat flexible and the final list of amenities will be determined by the winning bid.

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6 comments:

  • FromAfar posted at 10:27 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 439

    So in addition to the $450 million for Kyle itself, the renovation destroys $50 million of rooms used for student recreation?!?! Now students will have to pay for new rec. rooms from fees, not from donations for the Kyle renovation.

     
  • joethehumble posted at 10:19 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    joethehumble Posts: 19

    They want to renovate; fine, but they have been using the recruiting/retention canard for at least ten years now. The Rec bean counters don't care if you are a freshman or a graduate student; everyone pays whether they use the Rec or not. If the student body has grown by 25%, then "retention rates" are hardly a problem.

     
  • joethehumble posted at 10:13 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    joethehumble Posts: 19

    Those buildings were torn down specifically to expand Kyle. Also, there were racquetball courts in Reed, and athletic (PE) classrooms in G.Rollie; I presume those classes now meet at the Rec.

     
  • lebowski posted at 6:35 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    lebowski Posts: 21

    In what way will this contribute to the "core mission" of teaching and research?

    I thought that was Sharpe's sole aim: funneling money into what Texas A&M is supposed to be about (education).

    The article implies that 1995 was a long time ago. TAMU would be in much better shape if the academic buildings on campus were renovated every 18 years.

    This seems to be another example of the the all-too-common but short-sighted strategy of pandering to students' immediate interests (fancy rec centers and dorms, etc) rather than investing in academic of the campus and university.

     
  • lawman6 posted at 4:49 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    lawman6 Posts: 89

    no complaints from any posters about 50 million dollars of student fees being paid for the renovation?

    hmmmm

     
  • FromAfar posted at 11:44 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    FromAfar Posts: 439

    >>
    Available athletic space shrunk recently to pave the way for the mammoth reincarnation of Kyle Field -- activity and meeting rooms were demolished at G. Rollie White Coliseum and the Read Building late last year.
    >>

    What does the demolishing of rooms at G. Rollie and Read have to do with the Kyle Field renovation?

     

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