In 2017, Halford Busby worked with Randall Scott Architects to provide two estimates at the Schematic Design and Design Development milestones on Texas A&M University’s Agriculture Building #5 in College Station, Texas. The new building is home to the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and, thus, is also called the Plant Pathology Building. According to Texas A&M Today, “As agriculture works to produce more food and fiber while using less land, water and agronomic inputs, this new state-of-the-art home for Plant Pathology and Microbiology will move solutions forward for Texas A&M and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.”
Key project features include:
- 85,496 square feet of building space with:
- four floors of (BSL-2-P) microbiology, plant pathology, and agriculture laboratories,
- a three-floor wing of 21st century innovative classrooms,
- an extensive, instructional rooftop lab,
- 20 research labs,
- a 300-seat tiered lecture hall,
- two 75- to 100-seat seminar rooms,
- a 100- to 200-seat auditorium,
- teaching support spaces and
- administrative offices.
- 1,764 square feet of greenhouse space
The Plant Pathology Building uses modern energy conservation design concepts such as air-size economizers, variable air volume air handling units, energy recovery run-around coils on the exhaust air fan systems, a lab trac control system for the labs as well as low flow fixtures and lighting controls. All these factors contributed to the building attaining a LEED Silver designation per the U.S. Green Building Council.
The building adopted a “Science on Display” theme with the goal of engaging the broader community and attracting future students. The cost of the new construction was $38.8 million. The project was completed in 2019 and the building officially opened October 25, 2019.
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- Muntean, Laura. Texas A&M Today, “Texas A&M AgriLife Opens New Plant Pathology And Microbiology Building,” October 25, 2019, https://today.tamu.edu/2019/10/25/texas-am-agrilife-opens-new-plant-pathology-and-microbiology-building/, accessed November 29, 2021.
- Randall Scott Architects, http://www.rsarchitects.com/texas-am-university/, accessed November 29, 2021.
- Shah Smith & Associates, Inc., “Texas A&M University, Agriculture Building No. 5,” https://shahsmith.com/project/texas-am-university-agriculture-building-no-5/, accessed November 29, 2021.