The city, and its Research & Innovation Local Government Corp., will now begin negotiating the terms of development documents needed to facilitate the design and construction of two buildings and the campus plaza. The process could take three to six months.
The 3.54-acre campus will be comprised of three buildings on four blocks at the site of the Texas A&M School of Law at the south end of downtown. The Texas A&M System announced its plans for the urban campus in November 2021.
The Texas A&M System is building a nine-story, $150 million Law & Education Building, on the campus to be completed in 2025.
The other two facilities, the Research and Innovation building, and the Gateway conference center and offices, will be partially financed with the aid of lease-backed revenue bonds issued by the city’s Local Development Corp. and secured by leases to the A&M System for their occupied space.
Once completed, this innovation and technology hub will allow for the collaboration between key Fort Worth industries and top research, workforce training, and academic programs of Texas A&M.
Virginia-based Edgemoor has experience in higher education projects that currently include a 55-acre campus extension for the University of Kansas, and a University of Nevada, Reno gateway project that will connect the campus to the Reno downtown.
Dallas-based KDC is a national developer of commercial office buildings, corporate build-to-suit facilities, and mixed-use projects. Among them, KDC developed BNSF Railway’s Fort Worth headquarters and the Toyota North America headquarters in Plano.
The development team for the Texas A&M-Fort Worth campus will include architecture firms SmithGroup and Bennett Partners for design, Clarke Construction and Byrne Construction Services in Fort Worth, JLL for commercial leasing, and ACARI Management Group in Arlington for community engagement.
A committee comprised of city, Texas A&M, and Tarrant County representatives, and industry experts evaluated five developer proposals.