Texas A&M University, Corps of Cadets Dorm Renovation

Collegiate & Higher Education, Renovation & Restoration, Student Housing


College Station, Texas


358,000 sf

Project Features
  • Renovation of 9 housing facilities
  • Two new Leadership Learning Centers
  • Dining
  • Academic support spaces

Texas A&M University selected Kirksey and SpawGlass to renovate nine existing buildings that house the Corps of Cadets on the College Station campus. With 2,600 cadets living "on the Quad," the Corps dorms are a vital and thriving part of campus life. Built in the 1930s, the Aggie Corps of Cadets' housing needed an aesthetic reboot and modernization. Together, Kirksey and SpawGlass worked with TAMU to revitalize and preserve the dorms and bring one of the most central pieces of Aggie history back into visual prominence.
The project team developed a process to renovate and modernize a historic set of housing facilities under an extremely tight schedule. Through the design/build process, Kirksey and SpawGlass established a plan that saw all nine buildings completed in 24 months, utilizing phased construction packages. Phase I included completion of the first five buildings, while Phase II saw the remaining four completed. To modernize the outdated facilities, the project team ensured the integration of complex mechanical systems, including a waterproofing envelope analysis and a plan for structural modifications and existing buildings.
In addition to renovating nine four-story buildings, two new Leadership Learning Centers added space for independent and collaborative student study and house the Corps Area Housing Office and additional Corps support operations.

Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve's experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 21-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm's membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.

  • Student Housing Business, Innovator Award - Renovation, 2018