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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville: New Academic Building

Project Info

Brownsville, Texas

Project Executive
Doug Dorsey

Project Manager
Matt Bragg
George Castillo
Quality Control
Todd Fleming
Sr. Estimator
Chris Johnson

HUB Coordinator
Kay Dorsey


The Academic Building is intended to serve students at two campuses so it will rely on state-of-the-art technologies to allow for seamless teleconference and communication achievability. In addition to supporting general academics, the building will house the music and science programs. While the facility is intended to be predominantly student space, some faculty and administration space will be included.

For Your Information

Project Details

  • Budget: $35 million
  • Square Footage: 111,000 SF

Projected Dates

  • Bid Docs Available: 4th quarter 2015
  • Start Construction: 4th quarter 2015
  • Project Duration: 23 months

Important Links:


Bid Package Dates

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! As of September 21, 2015, the following are the new dates for each of the packages for the project:


Package 1

Issue Documents


Scope consists of site utilities, earthwork, all concrete, piers, erosion control, relocation of utilities, electrical & comm ductbanks, underground chilled water runs, etc…

Pre-Bid On-Site

at 11 am

Bids Due

NLT 2 pm


Package 2

Issue Documents


Scope consists of structural steel fabrication & erection, underfloor MEP rough-in.

Pre-Bid On-Site

at 11 am

Bids Due

NLT 2 pm


Package 3

Issue Documents


Scope consists of the remaining trades.  All exterior envelope, interior finishes & finishout, MEP, Comm, Special System.

Pre-Bid On-Site

at TBD

Bids Due

NLT 2 pm


For more information, contact Chris Johnson, Senior Estimator:

Senior Estimator:

Chris Johnson, LEED AP

Subcontractor & Supplier Outreach Events

Outreach Event #1:

Date: July 16, 2015 [PASSED]
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: AGC of the Rio Grande Valley, 6918 W Expressway 83, Harlingen, TX 78552


Outreach Event #2:

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 [PASSED]
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Location: UTRGV Student Union – Gran Salon, UTRGV Brownsville Campus, 1 W University Blvd., Brownsville, TX 78520


Meet & Greet with the Prime Contractors:

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 [PASSED]
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Weslaco Business, Visitor & Event Center



For more information, contact Kay Dorsey, HUB Coordinator.

HUB Coordinator:

Kay Dorsey

Recent Updates

UTRGV Building in City

The Brownsville Herald
By Steve Clark | Staff Writer |

(Tuesday, July 14, 2015) Construction on a new academic building for the Brownsville campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley could begin the fourth quarter of this year.

That’s according to Kirk Kistner, vice president of marketing and business development for the general contractor, San Antonio-based Bartlett Cocke.

The company will send a team to a Thursday meeting in Harlingen for local subcontractors and suppliers interested in bidding on the project, he said.

Click HERE to read the full story on The Brownsville Herald.