About Master Plan
Green Innovation for Healthy Texans: Watch Us Grow
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, 17360 Coit Rd., is nearing completion of a comprehensive renovation. Our master plan of projects includes upgraded existing buildings, overhauled infrastructure, new public teaching facilities, and campus-wide public demonstration installations. New facilities of the Dallas Center will house scientific research and extension initiatives that train their focus on green innovation in three key areas: Urban agriculture, healthy landscapes and ecosystems, and healthy food systems. Our upgraded campus serves as a powerful new tool for building a healthier Texas. Scroll down for information on our latest building endeavors, and head to our virtual tour page for an interactive look inside the Dallas Center.
The center's new, low-carbon-footprint headquarters building anchors the Dallas campus and houses the bulk of our staff. The rooftop research greenhouse includes the latest temperature control software and advanced light technology. Expansive laboratories in the three-story building deliver the latest equipment and safety standards for our research initiatives. Meanwhile, staff work spaces rounding out the bulk of the building include space for about 100 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service professionals. The open-concept environment provides plenty of natural light, modern work spaces, and the latest networking and information technologies available. Outside, the structure will make use of a 30,000 gallon rain harvesting cistern, high-efficiency water and electrical fixtures, sustainable construction materials, and demonstration landscapes across campus.
Water Education Building
A second new building serves as a learning space for the Dallas Center's comprehensive public education offerings, and as a meeting space for regional gatherings covering a range of agricultural and ecological topics. The water education building is located along a 3 acre, demonstration detention pond, planted with Texas native and adapted plants and trees. About 300 patrons can inhabit the space as they attend free public courses and special events throughout the year. A 30,000 gallon rain harvesting tank, on display along Coit Road, will work alongside an additional 60,000 gallon cistern underground to provide 100 percent of the water used by the education facility.
Healthy Landscapes & Ecosystems
Campus-wide landscape renovations include the relocation of about 60 historic trees onto a 3 acre demonstration detention pond, adjacent to our water education building. The "water course" also includes a planting of more than 140 Texas native and adapted species as well as an additional 4 acres of adjacent natural prairie. Meanwhile, manicured landscapes across campus, like the water course, will feature designs and installations by expert horticulturists and plant scientists of the Dallas Center's Water University program. A comprehensive palette of regionally native and adapted plant life will grow alongside resource efficient turgrass varieties, bred by the Dallas Center's turfgrass breeding program. Properly selected plants and scientifically proven management practices in all Dallas center landscapes will teach our guests about the functional and aesthetic benefits of installations that require little water and minimal inputs.
Pouring foundations for the new AgriLife Center headquarters in Dallas
A foundation is poured and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center of Dallas is ready to begin construction of its new headquarters building for North Texas.
Demolition of the old education building at Dallas
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas continues its renovation project with a little "cleanup," and by that we do mean demolition. Watch us move our "Growtainer" units and demolish two buildings.
Water Education Building and Water Course
The Water Education Building and a 3 acre demonstration water course are constructed and planted with more than 140 species of native Texas plants at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas.