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A&M Vet School Announces Architect for $120 Million Project

At Texas A&M University, the move to the Southeastern Conference is not the only 100 year decision.

When the College of Veterinary Medicine celebrates its centennial in 2016, there will be a new education building and an expanded small animal hospital.

Dean Eleanor Green announced who will be designing the $120 million dollar project.

Dr. Green says the new education building will foster new and innovative teaching technologies; and the expansion of the small animal hospital, which serves 20,000 patients, will ease a cramped environment that will bridge the gap until a new hospital is built.

The college has selected the designer of the $120 million dollar project, which replaces facilities built in the 1950’s. Groundbreaking is expected early next year.

EleanorGreen100512.mp3WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with Eleanor Green.

News release courtesy of A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences:

Dr. Eleanor Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine, announced the selection of SHW Group/Cannon Design as the architectural team leading the design project for the construction of a new Veterinary Medical Education Building and Small Animal Hospital Expansion for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). This team was selected from a large number of architectural firms expressing interest in the project, after many months of visits with firms of interest, and after hours of formal interviews.

“This group captured our attention immediately,” said Green. “Not only did they emit a quality of competence, creativity, and innovation, they seemed to understand our vision and the importance of this project to our future. They recognized the significance of this once-in-a-lifetime construction project and their enthusiasm about our project was palpable.”

“We would not have arrived at this pivotal point without the support of many,” said Green. “The leadership of our facilities director, Sam Wigington, and his team, has been notable. We are enormously grateful for the essential support of Chancellor John Sharp, President R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M Facilities Planning and Construction, and all of the others involved in this process.”

Chancellor Sharp noted that Texas A&M’s CVM is the only college of veterinary medicine in the State of Texas, and only one of 28 in the United States. “Texas A&M’s vet school exists to serve the citizens of Texas. The $120 million in Permanent University Funds (PUF) used for this project will provide Texans with the very best facility of its kind for years to come,” Sharp said.

“Our College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2016,” said President Loftin. “Beginning a new century with a new facility on our campus will further strengthen our commitment to teaching, research and service for the next hundred years.”

Green replied, when the architecture firm asked for a brief description of the vision, “We want people to look at this facility and say, ‘Wow! Texas A&M is the best; this is the best college of veterinary medicine.’ We want a building that emits energy, innovation, and progressiveness, one that also says Texas.”

“What we envision is a building that will immediately foster new and innovative teaching technologies and will be adaptable to innovations that emerge for the next 100 years,” said Green. “We will create a collaborative learning environment, one that encourages interactions among students, faculty, and staff. Constructing a building that embodies our vision and our values is a tremendous opportunity, and we have already been looking across the country to see the latest trends in educational technology and sustainability and bringing the best ideas back to Texas A&M.”

About SHW Group/Cannon Design
SHW Group/Cannon Design is comprised of two separate components: SHW Group and Cannon Design. They have teamed up specifically for this project due to its complex components of classrooms, laboratories, office space, new construction, expansion and renovation of existing space.

SHW Group was founded in 1945 and is nationally and internationally recognized for its work on educational facilities. SHW Group is dedicated to designing environments that inspire, support, and promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge through commitment to learning, stewardship and craft. Our primary contact with SHW Group is Don Hensley out of the Dallas office. The website is

Cannon Design is an “Ideas Based Practice,” bringing extensive experience in not only educational design, but also design of healthcare, science and technology, sports and recreation, commercial and government facilities. Cannon Design strives to create environments that are a thoughtful response to the program mission, physical setting and functional purpose, reflecting the spirit and personality of each owner. Our primary contact for Cannon Design is Mark Whiteley out of their San Francisco office. The website is

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