Texas A&M Ballistic Aero Optics Material Facility
The BAM facility is a high-performance site for ordinance testing. Prestige is providing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design services along with Jacob Architects for TAMU.
The Ballistic, Aero-optics and Materials (BAM) Test Range, part of the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex on the RELLIS Campus, had two phases. Phase one was to be 500 meters long and was projected to cost $38.6 million. Phase one will be able to operate continuously while phase two is being built. Phase two, which will complete the kilometer length, is expected to cost about $22 million. It will be operational in late 2023 or early 2024.
“BAM will be a world-class engineering feat,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M System. “It’s one of the big reasons the nation’s military and defense industry are turning to us for innovation.” Completion of phase one alone has made BAM the largest enclosed hypersonics testing range in the U.S. It will give aerospace engineers and other experts in the field enormous new capacity for applied research and testing.
“This two-phase approach is the responsible way ahead,” said Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor for engineering and national laboratories of the Texas A&M System. “No one has ever constructed a kilometer-long facility like this before. It’s in the national interest that we proceed both quickly and carefully.”
CLIENT: Texas A&M University System
ARCHITECT: Jacobs Architects
SIZE: 1 KM
- (2) Phase Project
- Full MEP Design