TAMUK opens new $18M Mesquite Village West residence hall
Officials from Texas A&M University-Kingsville officially opened the newest residence hall on campus as a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Mesquite Village West on Friday, Aug. 26. The $18 million, 98,000 square foot building is home to 300 students and the Honors College.
Mesquite Village West opened its doors to students this week. The university’s second new resident hall to open in three years has twoand four-bedroom suites for 300 students. Each suite has its own living room area and kitchenette. The residence hall has a large common great room and full kitchen on the first floor and a covered pavilion complete with barbecue pit.
Mesquite Village East, scheduled to be ready by fall 2013, will be a mirror image of its neighbor, sharing the same covered pavilion.
The building also is home to the new Honors College including administrative offices and seminar rooms for study and lectures. Approximately 90 of the 150 students in the Honors College chose to live in Mesquite Village West. They live on the first floor and part of the second floor with the remainder of the four-story building filled up with non- Honors College students. It is hoped the Honors College will grow to fill all 300 beds in the residence hall.
The university launched its first Honors Program in fall 2001. It was designed to offer advanced college classes for select students, taught by select faculty.
Eight years later, Texas A&M-Kingsville along with a growing number of universities across the country, saw the need and the value in making its Honor Program something more – a standalone college.
Dr. Dolores Guerrero was named the college’s founding dean in summer 2010. “The Honors College continues the initial goals for academically challenging our students,” she noted. “It reflects the university’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education by bringing together dedicated teachers and scholars who will engage high achieving and motivated students through scholarly and creative collaborations in their areas of interest and study.”
The architect for the building was BOKA Powell, the firm that designed Texas Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys. They also designed residence halls at Texas Tech, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas at San Antonio. The general contractor was SpawGlass.
Mesquite Village West is located on campus near the intersection of Avenue B and Retama Street.