The embracing and nurturing environment of the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Patriot’s Casa goes well beyond the “living room” environments of standard Veterans Affairs transitional facilities. The Patriot’s Casa was designed to restore and re-energize military and veteran students who join the A&M-San Antonio family, assuring their academic success and easy transition into a civilian lifestyle. Here, veteran students are offered specialized resources and support as they progress through a shared collegiate experience to become educated contributing members of society in the civilian workforce. The Patriot’s Casa houses the offices of Military Relations, Advancement, and Communications. Adjacent is the offices of the A&M- San Antonio ROTC Corps. The “Stables” provide administrative and professional support in addition to study and recreation space for cadets as they prepare to graduate and accept future commissions as military officers.
The Patriot’s Casa also offers confidential counseling and disability support for veteran students and their families in a comfortable, healing environment. The Patriot’s Casa helps the entire family make the important adjustments that come with transitioning to civilian life during this university experience through such services as family and couples counseling, childcare resources, and special family-oriented events that honor the dedication and sacrifices that are part of a military assignment. These services have proven to increase the success rates for critical transitions from warrior to civilian status. Studies have proven the benefits of relaxing spaces in a recreational setting for relieving PTSD symptoms and other mental health issues incurred by military personnel. State-of-the-art media centers and open event venues allow veteran students to meet others like themselves. Cutting-edge multimedia and computer labs, group study lounges, and activity rooms are available for all A&M-San Antonio students, encouraging beneficial interaction and creating an open atmosphere between military and civilian students, faculty, and staff.
San Antonio, Texas
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Size: 22,057 SF
Scope: New Construction
Completion Date: June 2014
Full Service Architectural and Interior Design Services and FF&E
Casey Annunzio, AIA
Casey Annunzio, AIA
Geoffrey S. Edwards, AIA, LEED AP
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer – Shah Smith Engineers, Electrical Engineer – CNG Engineering, Inc.; *Structural Engineer
– R-S-C-R, Inc.; Civil Engineer – Briones Engineering, Inc.; Telecom and Security Consultant – Datacom; *A/V and Theatrical Consultant – WJHW; Landscape Architect – Bender Wells Clark Design; Environmental Consultant – Raba-Kistner Consultants.
Bartlett Cocke General Contractors