CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Among the excitement and festivities of the Sept. 14 State of the University luncheon, Dr. Flavius Killebrew, President and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was pleased to announce “Tidal Hall” as the name selected for the new Life Sciences Research and Engineering building.
The name was chosen through an online contest which was open to Islander students, faculty, staff and alumni. The contest winner was selected by committee.
Garrett Arnett, a sophomore environmental science major, submitted the winning name and was presented with an Islander gear prize pack and Apple iPad at the State of the University luncheon.
“I came up with the name pretty quickly,” said Arnett. “I looked at the other building names on campus and decided I wanted to keep up with the ocean theme, so Tidal Hall was perfect.”
Tidal Hall will provide the Island University with much needed space to better serve its increasing student population, particularly those in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With STEM enrollment growing rapidly, it was fitting that an environmental science student would chose the building’s official name.
The building, which is anticipated to be completed summer 2018, will be strategically placed next to the Early Childhood Development Center and serve as one of the premier buildings that visitors will see upon entering campus.
The 3-story building will support two of the Island University’s fastest growing programs, life sciences and engineering. Students, faculty and staff can look forward to six new instructional labs and 34 research labs.
Approval for the construction of Tidal Hall came from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in September 2015, and with it, the Island University was appropriated $60 million for construction of the building. The new addition is expected to solidify the University’s position as an Emerging Research University.