Placement of the final steel beam marks symbolic completion of construction’s structural phase
Officials from Blinn College and Vaughn Construction gathered Wednesday to celebrate a major milestone in the construction of Blinn’s new academic facility at the RELLIS Campus.
With iron workers, contractors, and Blinn officials looking on, the placement of the final steel beam atop the four-story facility marked the symbolic completion of the structural phase of the building, which remains on schedule to welcome students in Fall 2018. As part of the ceremony, workers signed the final beam before it was placed atop the building.
“Today’s ceremony is about showing our appreciation for the tradesmen who have worked to help us reach this point,” said Kevin Rosprim, Vaughn Construction Project Manager. “We have had a great schedule and great team members, and to be where we are today is a huge achievement.”
Once complete, the building will span 83,000 square feet and include 18 classrooms and eight laboratories. The facility will serve as many as 2,500 Blinn students who are completing their freshman- and sophomore-level courses in preparation for transfer to The Texas A&M University System institutions that will be located at the RELLIS Campus by 2020.
In May 2016, Chancellor Sharp announced plans to create a new research and technology development campus to help companies move ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace, while also offering a new path toward a college degree. One aspect of the RELLIS Campus plan involves the development of a multi-institutional Gateway Education Center that will provide space for Texas A&M System member institutions and Blinn to offer a variety of curricula.
The RELLIS Campus establishes a new educational community combining a major university system and a community college at a single physical location. This co-location will allow Blinn College students to transfer seamlessly to leading universities throughout the Texas A&M System in the years to come.
The site creates opportunities for Blinn to partner with other organizations and institutions located on the RELLIS Campus, including high-end, innovative, private research and development companies, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and Texas A&M AgriLife.
Located adjacent to State Highway 47 and Highway 21, the RELLIS Campus is named for the Texas Aggies’ core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and selfless service.
Blinn College and Texas A&M University have a proud history of developing innovative partnerships. Since 2001, the Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM (Transfer Enrollment at A&M) Program has served as the nation’s model for a collaborative, co-enrollment partnership between a major university and a community college. The TEAM Program has allowed thousands of additional qualified students to earn their degree from Texas A&M while enjoying the benefits of enrollment at both institutions, and in 2014 the program received the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s coveted Star Award as one of the top educational initiatives in Texas.
Texas A&M and Blinn built upon the TEAM Program’s success with the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Bryan and the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Brenham, offering students additional pathways to pursue an engineering degree from Texas A&M and helping to meet the nationwide demand for highly skilled engineering graduates.
For more information regarding Blinn’s role at the RELLIS Campus, visit www.blinn.edu/RELLIS.
About Blinn College
With an enrollment of 19,422 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu.