For several years the beep, beep, beep of a sky-scraping crane, the buzz of a saw and the metal clang of a hammer were drowning out the sounds of University life at West Texas A&M as construction took center stage in projects designed to change the campus landscape. But the beeps, buzzing and clangs are finally gone, replaced once again by a backdrop of birds chirping and tower bells ringing as students mingle amid the beauty of a revitalized WTAMU.
The completed projects will surprise those who haven’t ever been to WTAMU or at least visited the campus in the past several years. More than $66 million in new construction, renovations and campus beautification over the past 10-15 years has transformed the WTAMU landscape with everything from new entrance signs and residence halls to a renovated Jack B. Kelley Student Center and a new multi-field athletic facility. Add in the beauty of 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.
West Texas A&M University is changing the landscape of Amarillo with the creation of a permanent campus in the heart of the city. 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. The WTAMU Amarillo Center, currently located in the Chase Tower, 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.
In addition to the restructure of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, the Texas Legislature recently passed bills that will allow the University to issue more than $38 million worth of tuition revenue bonds for the construction of a new Agricultural Sciences Complex. The facility will benefit teaching and research in expanded space covering more than 140,000 square feet.
“The realignment of the college and construction of the new Ag Sciences Complex will allow agricultural sciences to better serve our students and the industries that feed the world,” Dr. Dean Hawkins, who will serve as acting dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, said. “This will help propel agricultural science forward to a new level of excellence.”