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The Northside Residence Hall will replace three old halls on the Texas A&M campus. « Institutional | TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – NORTHSIDE RESIDENCE HALL Built for the Century M THE NEW NORTHSIDE RESIDENCE HALL AT TEXAS A&M IS DESIGNED TO LAST 100 YEARS. BY RUSS GAGER any families include generations of “Aggies” – graduates of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas – so demolition of a 70-year-old residence hall resonates with alumni whose parents or grandparents may have lived there while attending the university. Nevertheless, the modern conveniences and advanced security and communication features of the new Northside Residence Hall being built to replace three previous ones – named Crocker, Moore and McInnes – will be welcomed by students upon the hall’s completion in August 2013. The new $70 million Northside Residence Hall will have 640 beds in configured communities of 40 beds with four communities on each of four floors. Each community will have a living room, kitchen and study area in addition to bedrooms and bathrooms in different configurations. Some will have single bedrooms. In others, two bedrooms will share a bathroom, or two single bedrooms may share a bathroom. The units will have cable TV and state-of-the-art intercom systems, card access security, Wi-Fi and fire and security alarms. “The first floor of the entire complex will be devoted to being a kind of central destination point for the 12 residence halls on the north side of our campus,” explains Carol Binzer, Texas A&M’s director of administrative and support services. Included will be a desk with 24-hour staffing, mailboxes to pick up packages, a game room, a living room, a convenience store, a coffee bar, a multipurpose leadership living center that will have some technology in it, a banquet hall and some specialty rooms for students who are working on academic projects. Digital signage and technology will be throughout the building. A central courtyard will be used for outdoor activities and a grand staircase will be enclosed in a glass atrium that extends up all five stories of the building. Inside it will be a mosaic wall, a quilt and other commissioned artworks. Original bricks from the demolition of the three previous residence halls on the new hall’s site will be used in the fireplace of the new hall and in several sections of a “donor walkway” around the building. The bricks will be inscribed with the names of donors to a commemoration fund. Brass plaques will be Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall • Project cost: $68 million • Location: College Station, Texas “This building has been in the works probably the better part of 10 years while people decided what siting would be best for it.” –Carol Binzer, director of administrative and support services installed where the original residence halls – which were named after distinguished Aggies – stood, and local artists will draw renderings of each hall that will be made into prints for the commemoration. Last 100 Years Demolition of the old residence halls began last May, and construction of the new hall began in August. It is due for completion in August 2013. Linbeck is the construction man- 62 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM MARCH 2012 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - March 2012
Best Practices
Construction Insurance
JC Beal Construction – Brod - erick Tower redevelopment
Harden Group
Pyramid Companies – Destiny USA
EllisDon – Yorkdale Shopping Center
HBD – Dierbags
Marous Brothers Construction
Roy Anderson Corp. – Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant
Foulger-Pratt Contracting LLC – Lorton Workhouse Arts Center
Penn Builders Inc.
Turner Finch Construction – University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
Bouygues-Bird Joint Venture – Royal Canadian Mounted Police E Division Headquarters
Camden County Improvement Authority: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Coreslab Structures (OKLA) Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. – City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters
Kjellstrom + Lee Inc. – UVA Barry & Bill Battle Building
Hensel Phelps – High-altitude Army Aviation Training Site
Texas A&M University – Northside Residence Hall
Milton J. Womack Inc./JE Dunn JV – Our Lady of the Lake Heart and Vascular Tower and Trauma Center Expansion
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – Avalon Park Crest
Powell Construction Services LLC
AvalonBay Communities Inc. – AVA H Street
Buckingham Companies
Fortune-Johnson General Contractors
Current Builders – The Residences at Lakehouse
Forino Co.
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC
Black Hills Corp. – Pueblo Airport Generation Station
URS Corp./Alberici Constructors Inc. – Olmsted Dam Project
APEX Block Corp.
BMW Constructors Inc.
Last Look

Construction Today - March 2012