On April 23, a dedication was held for the newly constructed Spirit Plaza. It was a special day for all in attendance, especially for Mildred Treviño, Project Manager for SSC Engineering Design, and Construction Services. Mildred had been working on the project since December 2017.
The Spirit Plaza project started as a class project in the School of Architecture. In December 2017, SSC was brought in when the Class of 1969 wanted to make this project a reality. Construction began a year later in December 2018.
Spirit Plaza was completed just weeks before its dedication. Although details of the project had been in the works for approximately 6 years, the actual construction schedule was extremely tight along with the logistics of the construction. Being on the main part of central campus brings about certain obstacles that SSC had to resolve by working with multiple Texas A&M University stakeholders.
The intent of this project was to construct a plaza for the Texas A&M University Class of '69 in the promenade between Houston Street and Military Walk, and situated between the YMCA Building and the Coke Building. The Spirit Plaza is now home to the Muster Sculpture and the Silver Taps Sculpture, designed by TAMU architecture professor Rodney Hill, along with monuments that contain display markers that speak of each of the traditions. Along with that, the Donald Coward Letter, which is introduced to incoming freshmen at Fish Camp, is displayed on a separate monument. This letter speaks of the tradition of Silver Taps from Donald Coward’s (’72) perspective.
The Class of 1969 provided donations to the Association of Former Students to pay for the Spirit Plaza. The Class of 1972 provided additional funding for the Donald Coward Letter monument. Along with that, the Silver Taps sculpture was a gift that was introduced by the class of 1991, and the Muster Sculpture was a gift from the class of 1995. Mildred worked with multiple members of the class of ’69, but her main contact was with Bill Howell.
President Michael K. Young said it best in his address at the dedication ceremony, “Texas A&M is indeed a light to the world. Texas A&M is one of the world’s great universities, but what sets us apart are the values we embed in our students as they get their education. This Spirit Plaza will be a constant reminder of what it is to be an Aggie. We are grateful for this wonderful gift and know that since it is a constant reminder, it will be remembered by all Aggies in perpetuity.”
Mildred would like to encourage people to visit Spirit Plaza. “It’s a beautiful space on campus and one definitely worth checking out. I am honored to have been a part of this incredible project,” she says.
Information submitted by Mildred Treviño, Project Manager I, EDCS