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Tidal Hall Nears Completion, Island University Celebrates with ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony

Tidal hall Topping out ceremony

Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President and CEO shared her vision for the future of research at the Island University on Nov. 7 during a “Topping Out” ceremony for phase one of the new Life Sciences Research and Engineering Building, Tidal Hall.

The “Topping Out” ceremony took place near the construction site of Tidal Hall. In a tradition that was started by High-Steel Ironworkers in 1896, a ceremonial beam was placed atop Tidal Hall to signify the building had reached its maximum height. At the end of the ceremony, Quintanilla, project partner representatives and community VIPs were asked to sign the final beam. Islander students, faculty and staff also had the opportunity to stop by the construction site to sign the beam the day before the ceremony.

The new three-story building, which is scheduled to open fall 2018, will support many of Island University’s fastest growing programs within the College of Science and Engineering. MORE

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Island University Breaks Ground on Tidal Hall, New Life Sciences Research and Engineering Building

Life Science Building

Golden shovels sparkled in the sun as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi broke ground on phase one of “Tidal Hall,” the University’s new life sciences research and engineering building. Dozens of elected officials, community and campus leaders attended the Sept. 6 groundbreaking ceremony.

The new three-story building, located near the first entrance to the main campus, will support cutting-edge research and scholarly activity, and will include six new instructional labs, 34 research labs, as well as much needed faculty office space.

Approval for the new building came from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in September 2015, and with it, the Island University was appropriated $60,000,000 for construction of the building. The new addition is expected to solidify the University position as an Emerging Research University. Completion of the project is anticipated for July 2018. MORE

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