Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Begins 35,000 Square-foot Expansion of University Center

Published: September 10, 2013

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Begins 35,000 Square-foot Expansion of University Center

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Construction on the University Center (UC) Expansion project kicked off Tuesday afternoon with a groundbreaking just prior to the annual President’s Picnic.

“The UC has been a hub for student groups like the Student Government Association, sororities, fraternities and the student newspaper,” said University President/CEO Flavius Killebrew. “As a central place for everyday activities, including lunch and study breaks, the University Center is an integral part of the on campus Islander experience.”

 The UC was built in 1999 to accommodate 6,500 students; for fall 2013 the University has an enrollment of nearly 11,000 students, and our master planners say we will have 18,500 by 2020.

“Today’s groundbreaking is the first step towards the making of a more efficient and resourceful building that current and future Islanders will be able to utilize more effectively and in turn, create a better student life,” said Student Government Association Vice President Rene Zamora.

The 35,000 square-foot expansion will include a lounge area, an outdoor patio, a new ballroom, a renovated convenience store that will stay open late hours, and will double the kitchen and dining areas.

New dining options in the expanded UC will include handmade pizzas and calzones, burgers and other grill favorites, home-style meals, sandwich, salad and soup bars, and continental breakfast selections.

 Last year students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi approved an increase in student fees that will fund the $27.5 million project.

“Memorable experiences at the UC create bonds between students that last a lifetime,” said Killebrew.  “These same experiences are often credited by students and experts alike with a student’s academic success on campus. “

 The UC expansion is expected to be complete by Summer 2015.