• Texas A&M System and BENCHMARK® Debut the Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center

    POSTED September 7, 2018

The new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center made its official debut a few weeks ago with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, and the hotel and conference center welcomed its first official overnight guests and opened its dining outlets to all patrons on Wednesday, August 29. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony included the property’s namesake, James D. “Doug” Pitcock, Jr., as well as Chairman Charles W. Schwartz, Chancellor John Sharp, President Michael K. Young, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Philip Ray and Benchmark CEO Alex Cabañas. 

“Today marks a significant milestone for the University and the culmination of a twenty-two month project,” said Chairman Schwartz, who leads the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System. “Thanks to top-notch engineering, design, construction and project management teams, gracious and unwavering community support, and significant hard work by so many incredible individuals we are thrilled to celebrate the opening of the Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center.” 

Members of the Corps of Cadets, Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Yell Leaders and Reveille were on hand to join in the celebrations. Following the ceremony, students and the local community were invited to tour the property. 

The eight-story hotel and conference center is positioned a mere 96-yards from Kyle Field, home of the Texas A&M football team, and steps from the Memorial Student Center, serving as a gateway to the university’s exceptional academic, research, cultural and athletic resources. 

The contemporary and spacious accommodations of the hotel include 250 guest rooms with two penthouses and 11 suites. The hotel and conference center opening also marks the opening of three new food and beverage venues. Brazos - Proper Texas Kitchen, the property’s full-service restaurant, elevates traditional Texas flavors with a modern twist. The Junction Market and Café is the property’s grab and go option. Block T Bar is a two-story bar with a terrace overlooking Kyle Field featuring local beers, wines and spirits, hand-crafted cocktails and bar bites. Additional on-site amenities include a rooftop pool with cabanas, a well-equipped fitness center and gift shop. 

“The Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is a world-class facility that offers unrivaled conference facilities, exceptional accommodations and gracious hospitality. Students will play an integral role in the success of the property with more than half of the hotel’s 170-member opening team being comprised of current students, former students or those with direct ties to the university. This property truly represents Aggies serving Aggies,” Texas A&M University President Young said. 

Of the property’s 252,500 square feet, the conference center includes 35,000 square feet with meeting and event space that offers a soaring 8,300-square foot ballroom and twenty-two flexible meeting rooms to accommodate presentations, board meetings, private dinners and receptions. 

The conference space meets the exacting standards of IACC, formerly known as the International Association of Conference Centres, providing a productive learning environment with ergonomic furniture, top audiovisual equipment and state-of-the-art built-in technology throughout the center. 

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