College Station: TAMU Regents Approve $205 Million for Bright Area Athletics Construction
Feature Photos: Aerial view of the Bright Area Development project sites are highlighted in the photos above and below.
by Adolfo Pesquera
College Station (Brazos County) — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents amended the Fiscal Years 2022-2026 capital plan by adding the Bright Area Development Project, which is an estimated $205 million redevelopment of the main campus athletics facilities.
The Bright Area project was given a 2022 start date and requests for proposals for the architectural-engineering team and construction manager at risk have already been issued.
The steps taken at the regent’s Nov. 17 session included appropriation of $20,500,000 for pre-construction services and related project costs; this is contingent upon completion of a Program of Requirements scoped to the approved budget.
Texas A&M has begun a fund-raising effort for this project; a minimum of $125 million of the project costs is to be replaced with gifts as the debt service source. The university plans to obtain a guarantee from the 12th Man Foundation to cover any shortfall in gift revenue and any shortfall in total revenue.
The TAMU System policy requires that 50% of the gifts funds be in hand and another 25% by in documented pledges before approval for construction can be authorized.
Scope of Work:
Redevelop the Bright Football Complex at an estimated cost of $125 million by executing the following: (1) Construct a new indoor football practice facility; (2) Construct a new academic support center for student athletes and relocated the Slocum Nutrition Center; (3) Renovate the first and second floors of the Bright Complex
Add approximately 31 new suites to the South End Zone in Kyle Field at an estimated cost of $25 million.
Construct a new Indoor Track Facility adjacent to the Outdoor Track at an estimated cost of $55 million.
According to a WTAW report, TAMU System’s chief facilities officer, Brett McCully, told the regents, “we understand from the scheduling that we need to start the new indoor facilities first.”
The new Indoor Football building will provide an extended playing field and support spaces for the team to utilize both indoor and adjacent outdoor practice fields for more coordinated and efficient workout schedules that aren’t attainable with the current facility.
The renovation of the existing Bright Complex will modernize the player meeting and locker room areas, as well as rehabilitation and coaches areas to create the synergy for the highest caliber of athletic training.
“This project will re-establish Texas A&M as a leading host site for the highest levels competition,” John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System, said in a prepared statement after the regents’ action. “But perhaps even more important than boosting Texas A&M’s exposure on the national scene, this project will provide our students athletes with the tools they need to achieve their goals in the workplace after college.”
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