Funding Approved for Music Building Expansion, General Classroom Building Construction

KINGSVILLE - June 19, 2015

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
or Phone: 361-593-4979

An expanded, state-of-the-art music building will soon be added to campus, thanks to nearly $60 million in Capital Construction Revenue Bonds authorized  by the Texas Legislature and signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott June 18.

            The funding is part of more than $3 billion allotted for capital improvements by the legislature this year.

            “This is excellent news for Texas A&M-Kingsville and our music department,” said Dr. Steven H. Tallant, Texas A&M University-Kingsville President. “Music is one of our premier programs, and this funding will allow us to create a much better learning space for our students. We have been working on this for a number of years, and we are so excited Gov. Abbott signed this bill. We appreciate the Legislature's work and recognition of the need for this funding and are extremely grateful for the support of Chancellor John Sharp and the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. We are ready to get to work!”

            Approximately $40 million will fund the construction of the music building expansion. The Department of Music has long outgrown its current 32,000 square-foot facility, the Bellamah Music Building, which was built in 1959. The building was designed to serve approximately 100 students and 12 faculty members. Since then, the Department of Music has grown to serve nearly 250 students with more than 30 faculty members.

            “This is the news that we have been awaiting for years,” said Dr. Paul Hageman, Department of Music chair. “The new facility will allow us to provide our students with the best music education possible as well as to expand into areas of musical study that have been unavailable to us previously.  We are so appreciative of the hard work, support, and vision of our administration, especially President Tallant, the A&M System, and the state legislature that will make this new music facility a reality.”

            University officials will spend the rest of the year planning for the new building, which could break ground in 2016. Initial plans include adding several rehearsal halls, state-of-the-art student practice rooms, classrooms, labs, a recording studio, and a new performance hall.

            The remaining $20 million will fund the construction of general classroom building that will help the campus accommodate sustained growth in enrollment.