When the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences moves into its new complex in 2016, the space will be larger, modern, and full of light, university officials said. More importantly, it will fundamentally change the way professors teach and students learn. The new facilities will foster learning rather than constraining it, unversity officials said.

“We spend a lot of time and energy trying to work around our facilities right now,” said Dr. Shannon Washburn, who teaches physiology courses. “Now we’ll have the freedom to think how we can use our facilities instead of having to work around them.”

Washburn also mentioned that those little distractions that can impede learning—such as poor lighting and acoustics, unpredictable temperature, and uncomfortable seats—will all be greatly alleviated in the new building. “Every little thing that we can do to make learning easier for the students is good,” she said.

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