University & Academia

Architects, universities, and other academic institutions have come to recognize PCD’s small group of professionals as the go-to consultants for design coordination and architectural engineering for a variety of projects, especially those that are livestock and equestrian-related. By bringing a total-building engineering philosophy to design teams, PCD has proven its skill in meat labs, equestrian venues, veterinarian schools, agricultural campus planning, and rodeo facility design. By leveraging our architectural engineering experience with our expertise in livestock handling, academic venues have come to trust PCD for their buildings’ designs and operations. We pay strong attention to building system coordination to ensure that our designs are both student friendly and animal safe. PCD is proud to offer its services to other student-athlete and academic facilities, designing projects that are flexible for a wide range of events while considering the needs of students, professors, staff, and visitors.

Highlighted Projects

Southern Arkansas University – Story Arena
Magnolia, AR

Services: Architectural Engineering, Livestock Consulting

Building Activities: Rodeo, Equestrian Activities, Student Events, Community Gatherings, Concerts, Meetings/Conferences, Livestock Shows

Status: Completed 2014

Description: In a phased construction project, Southern Arkansas University added a 79,000 square foot, 1,400 seat multi-purpose facility to serve as a competition arena for the college’s rodeo team and event venue for other university events. In a later phase, a separate concession area, ticket booth, office, administrative and conference room, restrooms and grilling area were added. During this project, PCD worked closely with architects and engineers to ensure all aspects of the project were being considered and reviewed, from constructability issues, to human and livestock safety.

Texas A&M University – Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex
College Station, TX

Services: Architectural Engineering, Budgeting, Livestock Consulting

Building Activities: Animal Housing/Stalling, Equestrian Events, Educational Meetings, Receptions, Alumni Events, Student Athlete Recruiting, Horse Training

Status: Completed 2014

Description: This project is a collaborative effort by College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Bio Medical Science to build an equine program that “will graduate the industry’s future leaders and generate research and veterinary medical care that will improve the industry and the care and the welfare of the horse”. From this modern facility, Texas A&M faculty will teach, train students and conduct research. The physical components include equestrian team practice/competition arenas, warm-up pens, stall barn, exercise walkers, paddocks and much more. PCD was sought out as the Equestrian Consultant on the project, providing insight into building systems and equipment, architectural engineering, site layout, stalling and arena needs, loading, unloading and housing of equine.

Texas A&M University Commerce – Mary Bonham Equine Pavilion
Commerce, TX

Services: Project Coordination, Budgeting, Livestock Consulting

Building Activities: Animal Housing/Stalling, Equestrian Events, Educational Meetings, Horse Training

Status: Completed 2014

Description: Texas A&M Commerce added a 34,000 square foot equestrian facility to serve as a new location for equine related events such as training, riding, instructing, and judging. The new facility is equipped with bleacher seating, a wireless public address system, horse stalls, wash racks, tack rooms, and student tack lockers. PCD provided initial planning of the project and was the lead designer on this design-build project, working closely with architects and engineers and coordinating all design disciplines. Key elements throughout the project involved maintaining student and equestrian safety while designing and constructing to a strict budget that met program needs.

West Texas A&M - Agricultural Sciences Complex
Canyon, TX

Services: Livestock Consulting

Building Activities: Rodeo, Livestock Judging, Equestrian Events, Educational, Industry Expos, Alumni Events, Student Recruiting

Status: Completed 2018

Description: PCD was hired as a livestock consultant and architectural engineer for the design team for the agriculture science building, pavilion and multi-purpose arena building for West Texas A&M. PCD provided input on site layout, loading and unloading of livestock, stalling and arena needs and equipment layout for a USDA-compliant meat lab in the science building. The pavilion includes a “wet-live” lab with elevated seating for student lectures, while the multi-purpose arena includes a competition arena for the university’s rodeo team.