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Campus Improvements 

The buzzes, beeps and clangs of construction are sounds that you hear regularly on the West Texas A&M University campus as our stomping grounds continue to evolve. Expanding and improving the campus is an ongoing priority that brings new life to WT with every completed project.

For those that haven’t visited campus in the past several years, the change in the landscape will be astonishing. Campus beautification, renovations, and construction will ensure the home of the Buffs is the best that it can be. A newly remodeled JBK and food court, Engineering and Computer Sciences Building and Bivins Nursing Learning Center will provide our students with first-rate spaces for both recreation and learning. In 2018 we’ll see the completion of the brand new, state-of-the-art Agricultural Sciences Complex and the new WTAMU Amarillo Center in the heart of downtown Amarillo. Later down the line we’ll have Buffalo Stadium for football and other exciting events right here on campus. Couple the new growth with carefully manicured lawns, colorful flowerbeds and stately trees, and it explains why Newsweek and The Daily Beast rank WTAMU as one of the most beautiful colleges in the United States.

Here are some of the improvements currently happening at WTAMU.

Amarillo Center

The WTAMU Amarillo Center is a permanent WT campus in the heart of Amarillo. The new Buff­ stomping grounds will be located in the Commerce Building at 8th Avenue and South Tyler Street, a central location that allows for future expansion. The creation of the permanent four-year university will further efforts to revitalize and energize downtown Amarillo, while helping provide a highly qualified workforce for area employers. Currently located in the Chase Tower, the Amarillo Center has been a resounding success. The renovation of and move to the nearby Commerce Building will allow WTAMU to serve more students in the region. Phase I of the project has been completed and Phase II is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018. The new facility will be home to the WTAMU Center for Learning Disabilities, Speech and Hearing Clinic, Panhandle Area Health Education Center, Small Business Development Center, Licensed Professional Counseling, social work program, psychology program, special education program, and instructional technology program along with 55 offices, 10 classrooms, and a computer lab. The University Police Department, the University Bookstore and information technology will also have a presence on site.

SE Corner

Campus Map

 

Agricultural Sciences Complex


The new Agricultural Sciences Complex building is a $48 million project that will be placed in the northeast corner of campus. The new facility will provide almost 160,000 square feet of space devoted to classrooms, labs and offices as well as a state-of-the-art meats lab. The building also will include a multi-purpose ag event center with spectator seating for up to 500 people and a pavilion for animal showing, handling, evaluation and more. It will be among the nation’s most advanced agricultural teaching complexes. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2018, the new facility will house 51 offices, three large lecture rooms, five small lecture rooms, six research labs and four teaching labs. There will also be a meat retail area and a food court concept area that will use meat from the Meat Lab.

Agricultural Sciences Complex new building

Campus Map

 

Buffalo Habitat


The Buffalo Habitat, located south of the Stanley Schaeffer Agricultural Learning Lab is where the beloved WTAMU mascot, Thunder 11, lives. The intention of the renovation is to provide a space for the buffalo that properly represents the majesty of the animal and the importance of the University’s mascot. The site will include 15 acres of land, a small parking lot, a 40-foot by 60-foot metal building, a holding pen and shelter large enough to accommodate two animals and a turn-out area as well as a round pen for training. The new habitat is estimated to cost around $150,000.

 

Buffalo Stadium


The exciting possibility of bringing Buff football to the WT campus will be a reality with the addition of the new Buffalo Stadium. WT will vacate Kimbrough Memorial Stadium at the end of the 2018 football season and move to the new stadium in the spring/summer of 2019. The stadium will be located on the grounds of Buffalo Sports Park right off of Russell Long Blvd. The design calls for 12,000 permanent seats, with allowance for a future expansion of 16,000 to 22,000 seats if needed. Concessions and restrooms will be scattered throughout the stadium, and a large high-definition scoreboard will be positioned in the south end zone. The main press box, located on the west side, will offer ample space for multiple broadcast teams, as well as a limited number of suites. The east side entrance will house a spirit shop on game days and will include additional space for future needs. Other proposed uses include outdoor commencement ceremonies each May (one commencement instead of three), outdoor concerts, Buff Branding activities and pep rallies. Current plans include television-quality lighting, high-definition scoreboard and superior sound, which are critical to the fan experience. Ribbon-board LED screens will surround part of the stadium at field level. The press box will house production and provide two television booths (one for student broadcasts), four radio booths (one for student broadcasts) and a production room to coordinate video, audio and graphics. Ground breaking on the new stadium is scheduled for Spring 2018.

 

Engineering and Computer Sciences Building-2nd Floor


The progress of the School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics comes along with improvements on its building as well. Besides the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering to the program, a $6,000,000 project includes the renovation of the building’s second floor, a reconfiguration of the first-floor combination classroom labs and an addition to the north end of the facility.

Engineering Construction

 

Jarrett Hall


Jarrett Hall is the second-largest residence hall on campus, housing 24 units around a divided courtyard. The building is currently going through extensive renovations that will offer to the students greater housing options for the Fall 2018. A full renovation of the facility will include new rooms, new furniture, common spaces and new lobby. All student rooms will have moveable furniture, a community kitchen will be added to the building, community bathrooms will be updated, laundry facilities size will be increased, and air-conditioning will be added to the entire building.

Jarrett Hall

 

JBK Food Court


The Jack B. Kelley Student Center, also known as the JBK, is the heart of campus activity at WT. The Food Court portion of the building has been completely remodeled, bringing new dining options like Which-Wich Superior Sandwiches and a bigger menu from Chick-fil-A, plus the return of favorites like Sharky’s Burritos and Starbucks.

 

Veteran’s War Memorial


The Veteran’s War Memorial is a project that will honor more than 80 students who died while serving their country. The memorial will be located on the lawn east of Old Main, directly north of the Engineering and Computer Sciences Building and will be similar in appearance to the Panhandle War Memorial on South Georgia Street in Amarillo. The project was approved by the Texas A&M University System in September 2016, and members of the University’s Veterans Memorial Committee are now raising funds for the construction and maintenance of the monument. Ground breaking is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. and the monument is expected to be revealed Memorial Day 2018.