Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 115
AUSTIN COMMERCIAL'S HERITAGE HALL PROJECT WILL GROW A TEXAS A&M CAMPUS. BY ALAN DORICH
Austin Commercial -
Texas A&M University
Central Texas Heritage Hall
* Project budget: Approximately
* Employees: 80+ (peak)
"We have a great afety team
at did a great job for us out
- Cody Risien, enior project manager
hen clients hire Austin
Commercial to build their
project, they can be sure
that the contractor will use
a team of skilled workers. "We've had good
people in the company all these years,
working hard," Senior Project Manager
Cody Risien says.
The company has brought talented
employees to Heritage Hall, its latest project
for Texas A&M University Central Texas in
Killeen, Texas. Austin Commercial is building the campus' third building, a multi-purpose facility that will cover approximately
65,000 gross square feet.
"They wanted to have a building that engaged the students, kept them on campus
and gave them more reasons to stay," Risien
explains, adding that Heritage Hall will
provide many reasons for students to stay
on campus, including an entry lobby that is
a gathering area.
The facility also will have an outdoor
terrace on its second level, and be home to
the university's historical archive and its administrative and facility offices. The Reserve
Officers' Training Corps also will have space
in the building, along with a workout area
and locker rooms.
Risien oversaw Austin Commercial's first
project at Texas A&M University Central
Texas six years ago, which consisted the
infrastructure for its first building. The pre-
Hall (both photos),
is Austin Commercial's latest
project for the campus.
vious project made the college interested in
having the contractor back for Heritage Hall.
"When they got funding for this building,
I started getting emails from the CFO at Texas A&M University Central Texas, and even
Texas A&M Systems," he recalls. "We had to
win it competitively, [but] they sure wanted
us to win it."
Austin Commercial started work on Heritage Hall in January 2017 and plans to have
it finished by this August. Risien says he is
proud of multiple features on the project,
including the grand lobby.
"[It] is open all the way up through the
building," he describes. "At the roof level,
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