Texas A&M University Emerging Technologies Building

College Station, Texas
Ingenuity in Engineering

As the first major building to define the College of Engineering quadrangle, Texas A&M ideated a space that was both collaborative, and able to accommodate future needs of the emerging technology and research initiatives. Not only a space that cultivated problem solving, but also offered an opportunity to showcase ideas and inspire students and visitors.

To help merge the spacial gap between the brightest minds across several engineering disciplines, we brought them all under one roof, to educate students and develop innovative technologies. At its core, the space has become a hub of activity, from social gatherings and events, to presentations and all-night planning sessions. Its design stimulates original thought and productivity, and is also vital for exhibitions to potential industry partners for financial coalitions and research grant funding. Collectively, we created a front door for engineering students and researchers to collaborate, cultivate ingenuity, and share revolutionary ideas.

“The impact of this facility will be much more than a mere catalyst for developing technologies; the ultimate result of the discoveries made within these walls will serve the most honorable of purposes, and that is to enhance the well-being of society, as a whole."
Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering
Sustainability

Eco-friendly strategies implemented in the design include two enthalpy wheels with a variable speed lab tracking system that provides optimized HVAC energy efficiency. Daylight harvesting and occupancy sensors serve to reduce lighting demand, and low flow plumbing fixtures were selected to reduce water usage. We strategized further recycled water savings by including an on-site collection system that fulfills all of the landscape and irrigation needs. To filter that water, the naturally vegetated landscape elements and a rain garden provide natural filtration.

Zoning of the building and the organization by wings allows teaching spaces, lecture halls, research labs, and faculty offices to coexist seamlessly around the three-story central atrium.
As a home to both Biomedical and Industrial and Systems Engineering departments, these labs are robust, modular, and support interdisciplinary work.
Reconfigurable spaces can adapt just as well as the students, encouraging research and technology advancement.
“What distinguishes this building from other facilities is that it not only supports two academic departments, but purposefully supports multidisciplinary education and research across colleges within the university.”
Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering

Project Team

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Ed Cordes
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Diego Rozo
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Jason Chan