Hunt Companies Selected to Develop Cadet Residence Hall at Texas A&M

Texas A&M University at Galveston has tapped Hunt Companies to develop a 612-bed, on-campus cadet residence hall.

By Joshua Ayers, Senior Editor

El Paso, Texas—Texas A&M University at Galveston has tapped Hunt Companies to develop a 612-bed, on-campus cadet residence hall. Hunt, which has developed and/or constructed more than 70,000 military homes, will deliver development and construction management services for design, finance and site vertical construction. Construction on the $45 million project is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2014 with delivery by fall 2015.

“As part of our overall business management strategy, The Texas A&M University System continues to seek innovative ways to gain access to private sector capital as well as expertise in delivering such construction projects in the most timely, efficient and cost-effective manner possible,” says Phillip Ray, chief business development officer of The Texas A&M University System. “We are confident that this new partnership with Hunt Companies will enable us to achieve these essential goals on behalf of our Sea Aggies.”

The current design proposal features two residential wings connected to an adjacent central commons area that will include an illuminated formation court and other related amenities. The proposed commons could potentially contain other non-residential features such as class rooms, office space, conference rooms, lounges and/or various support-related retail spaces.

“Hunt is honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with Texas A&M University at Galveston on this important project,” says Sinclair Cooper, co-president of Hunt’s Public-Private Partnership division. “This partnership will create a more comfortable and accommodating living environment for current and future cadets, and allow for greater flexibility and housing options for the growing student population. We look forward to beginning what we hope to be a long and lasting relationship with the Texas A&M University System.”

Texas A&M University-Galveston, which boasted an enrollment of more than 2,000 in 2012, is a small marine sciences-oriented university located on Pelican Island in Galveston Bay near Galveston, Texas. The university is home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, which prepares students for licensing as officers in the American Mercant Marines. It is one of only six such maritime academies in the United States.

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