TEXARKANA, TEXAS (KSLA) - Texas A&M University in Texarkana is continuing to grow. For the second time in five months, the University has added a multi-million dollar facility.
The doors are open and classes are underway in the newest building on campus. The Building for Academic and Student Success, more commonly known as the BASS building, is being considered the new portal point for the university.
The 58,000 square-foot building comes with a $32 million price tag and was made possible through funding by the Texas Legislature in 2015. It has already become an additional recruitment tool for the university.
University President Dr. Emily Cutrer was on hand Monday greeting perspective students.
"It's fabulous," Cutrer said. "We've just about doubled the amount of space we have here on campus."
The Lois and Cary Patterson Student Center opened last semester. With the BASS building up and running, about $45 million in new facilities have been funded on this campus.
A portion of the third floor is set up like a hospital to service the recent expanded nursing program.
“So it is less lecturing and more hands on activities in this building,” said Heather McNight, Director of Nursing. “In this building we are doing a lot of experimental learning, so that helps us increase that offering to our students.”
Other tenants in the building include business programs, academic classrooms and multiple laboratories.
The BASS building also provides a bigger office for military veterans seeking higher education.
“We are outgrowing it already so we will be asking the legislature for yet another one in the coming years,” Cutrer added.
Texas A&M University in Texarkana is the home to nearly 2,000 students.