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Texas Transportation Institute to Get New Headquarters, Again

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Posted: 6-2-2017, 1:30 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Bryan (Brazos County) -For the second time in less than a decade, the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University will be getting a new headquarters.

The project, which will break ground this summer, comes just nine years after the TTI broke ground on its last "new state headquarters." In 2008, TAMU built a three-story, 66,000-square-foot building at a cost of $18.8 million to house TTI's administrative offices and the institute's research and support facilities.

It didn't take long for TTI to outgrow its home.

On April 26, the A&M System regents gave the go-ahead with a "Notice to Proceed" vote to construct a $70 million, 190,000-square-foot building on the RELLIS campus in Bryan. The building will face State Highway 21 West.  

With the construction of this new building, which is projected to be completed by December 2018, the Colleges of Economics and Political Science will be able to move into TTI's existing building.

Bartlett Cocke General Contractors is the design/build contractor, and subcontractors are to submit their bids for work on the project by June 14. Trade tasks up for consideration include masonry, millwork, waterproofing, damp proofing, sprayed fireproofing, roofing, and much more.

Bartlett Cocke held a pre-bid meeting for subs on Tuesday (May 30).

This new multi-story building will include offices, conferencing facilities in one wing, multi-use spaces in a lab wing, and related site improvements. There will be a step-up tower portion with four and five story heights.

The conference wing is three stories and the lab wing is one story with a vehicle simulator lab.

Energy Architecture is the architect. Kudela & Weinheimer Inc. is the landscape architect. 4b Technology Group LLC, a specialist in technology infrastructure, participated on engineering designs. Shah Smith & Associates Inc. handled MEP engineering, and Gessnr Engineering provided structural services.

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Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.