The new Liberal Arts and Humanities building, which broke ground in 2010, is now complete, and will have a grand opening on Friday, April 19, at 2 p.m.
The event will take place in one of the building’s signature features: an open-air courtyard that provides space for performances, classes, and line readings.
The new building caters specifically to the Arts and Humanities, and is the permanent home of the Departments of English and Performance Studies.
“The opening of the new Liberal Arts and Humanities building is truly a transformational event for the College of Liberal Arts,” said José Bermúdez, the college’s dean. “With the addition of this facility, Texas A&M now has theater and music facilities commensurate with a top-tier research university. The spaces supporting undergraduate teaching and faculty research are most impressive, and will help us recruit the best students and outstanding faculty from Texas and beyond.”
And impressive it is. The five-story brick-and-limestone edifice boasts state-of-the-art classrooms and recording studio, a black box theater, and an outdoor courtyard complete with electrical capacity for outdoor performances.
The 120,000 square foot structure is also ecologically sound. Non-toxic carpeting is used throughout, and a rainwater cistern is located under the building to collect irrigation water for the surrounding grounds.
Nancy Warren, head of the Department of English, said that the building is one of the things that convinced her to accept her position at Texas A&M University.
“I was extremely impressed because the building represents the university’s very material commitment to the liberal arts as central to the education it provides,” she said.
The building is located in the historic core of campus, next to the Melbern G. Glasscock building, which houses the Department of History. The proximity of the building is expected to enhance collaborative efforts among the English, Performance Studies, and History departments.