In August 1987, the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System authorized the creation of a master-plan study of what was then called the Texas A&M University Research and Extension Center at Bryan.
By the following June, when the study was released, the venue had been renamed the Riverside Campus.
The change of name was an attempt to breathe new life into a venue which had stagnated in recent years. In the Riverside master-plan study, prepared by a consortium of outside engineers, architects and construction professionals on behalf of the Texas A&M University System board of regents, a somewhat bleak picture of the site's present condition was presented.
"For approximately 25 years, the former Bryan Air Fore Base has served Texas A&M University as a location for research and extension activities which could not have been carried out on the Texas A&M University Main Campus. Plenty of space, both indoors and outdoors, has been available at low cost. Thousands of technicians and professionals have been trained at the site. Endless experiments have been conducted there and invaluable items have been stored there. However, the former Air Force base is burdened with an image problem, a seemingly remote location and an unattractive appearance. The ‘Annex’ is a place where few go, and then only out of necessity.
"The future should be different."
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