CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A large crowd of students, staff, faculty, and members of the community celebrated the newly-expanded and remodeled University Center, the student hub of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, during the Grand Re-Opening Ceremony held on Friday, May 1.
The event, hosted by the Division of Student Engagement and Success at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, was held outside the University Center, Anchor Ballroom, entrance in the turnaround drive on the northwest corner of the building. Festivities continued inside with an open house and cake, entertainment, self-guided tours and giveaways.
“The University Center is the heart of our campus and a place where Islander memories are made that will be cherished for years to come,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President and CEO. “It’s an integral part of the on-campus experience where students can enjoy lunch, take a study break, participate in campus activities, and meet up with friends.”
The University Center was built in 1999 to accommodate 6,500 students. A groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 13, 2013, marked the beginning of the 35,000-square foot expansion. Currently, the University has an enrollment of more than 11,200 students, and plans to enroll 15,000 students by 2020.
New areas of the University Center include the following:
“Several of these new additions – from a student involvement center to a state-of-the-art game room – help create a welcoming atmosphere for our students to get more involved while on their journey to academic success,” said Dr. Don Albrecht, Vice President for Student Engagement and Success.
For fall semester, students will also have multiple dining options at The Cove (formerly the Commons Market), which include handmade pizzas and calzones, burgers and other grill favorites, home-style meals, sandwiches, salad and soup bars, and continental breakfast selections. Pizza Hut, Panda Express, and Grill Nation will join Chick-Fil-A at The Cove for more student dining selections. These renovations will double the size of the previous kitchen and dining areas.
In addition, there will be a relocated and expanded convenience store (Island Market) with extended, later hours; a remodeled Barnes & Noble Bookstore; and three new meeting rooms. Much of first, second, and third floors have been expanded, remodeled, and/or refurbished with new carpet, flooring, furniture, paint, and enclosed stairwells.
The University Center, which utilizes natural light throughout, is now renovated to LEED Silver standards that implement practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.