Texas A&M University System - Central Texas
Heritage Hall Multipurpose Building
At Texas A&M University - Central Texas, Lord Aeck Sargent, in collaboration with Harrison Kornberg, is the prime architect for the design of the third building on this young campus.
The building is called “multipurpose” because the program includes a combination of all types of space needed on the growing campus; however, the building will primarily provide STEM instruction and a variety of support spaces.
The initial two campus buildings sit at the edge of a large parking area. Since this new building will be located farther away from parking, we have the opportunity to establish a more collegiate-feeling environment. An important focus is the creation of casual collaborative spaces to attract students to linger between classes and spend more time interacting with their peers. The corner of the L-shaped design is a connected through a series of floor openings, and every level of this atrium-like area has glass walls connecting to maker spaces, seminar spaces, offices for student organizations and teaching spaces. Shaded exterior terraces on multiple levels encourage a feeling of connection between the new building and the primary pedestrian paths of the campus. The palette of exterior materials is closely coordinated with the existing buildings, yet the design allows for a greater amount of transparency and display of teaching and learning within.
The Texas A&M System set an aggressive schedule to establish a GMP and fully encumber state funding. Lord Aeck Sargent and our team of consultants worked seamlessly with the CM at Risk to deliver a GMP less than five months following the project kickoff. A high level of interaction between the Central Texas campus leadership, the A&M System, the CM and the AE team is effectively delivering the maximum value of program within the project budget.