The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Advertisement
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Advertisement
Texas A&M fans react after The Aggies win the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Sunday, June 9, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
The mad dash to Omaha
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 21, 2024

After Texas A&M baseball’s win over Florida sent the Aggies to their first Men’s College World Series Championship Series in program...

Texas A&M pitcher Ryan Prager (18) delivers a pitch during Texas A&M’s game against Kentucky at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday, June 17, 2024. Prager went for 6.2 innings, allowing two hits and zero runs. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Sixth sense
June 18, 2024
Advertisement
Enjoying the Destination
Enjoying the Destination
Cara Hudson, Maroon Life Writer • June 17, 2024

For the history buffs, there’s a story to why Bryan and College Station are so closely intertwined. In 1871 when the Texas Legislature approved...

Advertisement
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

BUILD is breaking ground for an updated home

BUILD is celebrating the breaking ground of a permanent structure on April 27, allowing volunteers to work indoors year-round.
Photo+Courtesy+of+TAMU+Build
Photo Courtesy of TAMU Build

Students have come together to build clinics out of shipping containers to provide increased healthcare worldwide — a reflection of the Aggie spirit. The student organization BUILD’s mission is to unite the student body through a large-scale service project in the fall semester. BUILD has mobilized five clinics this spring to countries like Nigeria and Ukraine. 

BUILD has over 5,000 volunteers, but its outdated work site is becoming increasingly difficult to manage. Volunteers have to walk to the general services complex to wash paint brushes and use the bathroom, cutting work days short. When volunteers work during the night, they put up temporary lights to continue construction. These issues, including the lack of a place for volunteers to cool off, were considered as the organization was planning for a permanent structure. Construction is expected to begin May 1. 

Civil engineering senior Lauryn Kastenschmidt organizes and manages an executive team of members for BUILD as the Chief Executive Officer. 

“This permanent structure is something that BUILD students have been talking about … one of the first things you realize when you come to volunteer for us is that it’s really hot, especially during the day with the sun beating down on you,” Kastenschmidt said. 

The groundbreaking ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, will feature speeches from members and donors highlighting the organization’s history. There will also be a ceremonial dig with shovels to symbolize the start of the permanent location’s construction. 

“Another exciting thing is that we got our final plans in renderings from our architects, so this will be kind of the first time that it will be out there, and we get to see what the finished product will look like,” Kastenschmidt said. “I love it a lot because I am a civil engineering major, so looking over the plans … is really great first-hand experience on project management, how to read plans and how they design the foundation.” 

The organization keeps in touch with its clinics to celebrate the project’s wide-scale impact. It has completed over 47 clinics shipped to over 22 countries.

“We just celebrated our 10th anniversary last year, and it’s mind-boggling what we have been able to do within the past 10 years … the sheer amount we have produced is just amazing,” Kastenschmidt said.

Biomedical sciences junior Ian Wiechers has been overseeing the operations of five teams to manage the project as the Chief Operating Officer.

“I think BUILD has different levels of impact,” Wiechers said. “You have the global impact of these clinics going overseas to Africa, Europe, Asia and South America, and some are staying here in Texas, making an impact on the ground for places that don’t have the infrastructure but also by uniting the student body.” 

The permanent structure will be the organization’s official presence on campus. 

“We’re going to have a covered work area with some fans that provide shade and cooling, and then we’ll have a small building under that structure that will have two handicap-accessible bathrooms as well as a check-in room to make the experience for volunteers that come a little bit faster and smoother,” Kastenschmidt said. “Now we can work year-round instead of just 10 weeks in the fall.” 

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Mikayla Martinez, News Writer
Mikayla Martinez is a Junior journalism major from Austin, Texas.
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *