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Rayburn Student Center, Texas A&M University at Commerce
Commerce, TX
Continuity of design.
Minimal disruption. Maximum design impact.
Accommodating continued growth.
HED, i.e., VAI Architects, served as Architect of Record while working in collaboration with WTW Architects for a building expansion to the Sam Rayburn Student Center at the Texas A&M University campus in Commerce, Texas. The existing student center included accommodations for offices and work areas for student organizations, activities, dining, bookstore, spirit shop, café, 420-seat ballroom, and meeting rooms.

HED developed a 31,640 SF, two-story building addition. The first floor is comprised of new food serveries, special venue seating, food services/kitchen support including dish washing, storage, preparation, and food service vendor offices. The second floor includes meeting and conference rooms, senate chambers, and a staff office and conference room suite.

The addition complements the existing building in its scale, massing, and materials and provides abundant natural light to the entire dining space. The team initially prepared a program and developed a master plan, including the dining hall expansion and two subsequent phases. As part of the program, the scope included preliminary plan layouts, massing studies, and estimated project costs. The second phase houses a large event space to seat 1,000, meeting rooms, retail, and academic functions. The third phase includes a complex with a Student Club, concessions, and three 200-250 seat theaters that show first-run movies and accommodate lectures, conferences, and small music or theater presentations.
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Results
Careful design integration with campus architecture and existing facility.
Completed with minimal impact to continuing operations.
Sustainable design measures incorporated throughout.
Project Data
Sam Rayburn Student Center 2011-TA030-000
Texas A&M at Commerce
Commerce, Texas
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation, Addition
HED ROLE
Architect of Record
RSF/GSF
31,640
CONSTRUCTION COST
$8.2 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    Designed to LEED Certification
Project Team
  • Barton Drake
    AIA, NCARB
    Principal
    Market Sector Leadership
  • Mark Mortimer
    RA, LEED AP
    Associate Principal
    Architecture Leader
Minimal disruption. Maximum design impact.
Rayburn Student Center, Texas A&M University at Commerce
Commerce, TX
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Continuity of design.