Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick On Hand For Center For Infrastructure Renewal Ribbon Cutting
Credited with acquiring the legislative funding needed for The Texas A&M University System’s Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR), Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was the special guest for the center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony held on the RELLIS Campus April 11. The 138,000-square-foot, multidisciplinary research center boasts state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratories aimed at making infrastructure smarter, more resilient and longer lasting. Ground was broken for the $80 million project 17 months ago.
“At this particular time in history, infrastructure is a part of the national conversation,” Greg Winfree, agency director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), told the crowd gathered for the ceremony. “It’s never been more important to our state and to our country.”
The center is a joint facility operated by TTI and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) that will leverage the strengths of numerous engineering professionals to develop research-based solutions to engineering and transportation challenges.
“Imagine roads being paved with new materials that instantly harden so roads reopen immediately afterward,” A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said, highlighting some of the expected products of the center. “New ways to use asphalt that will pay for this place 50 times over, bridges that have sensors that self-report when they weaken and need replacing, and homes and businesses that are flood- and wind-proof. Just imagine what this facility is going to be.”