The RELLIS Campus site owns a proud and diverse history dating back more than 75 years. Under a variety of names, the venue, north of the Brazos River and west of the City of Bryan, has played a key role both in protecting the nation during wartime and forging advancements in scientific understanding.

The nearly 2,000-acre tract of land, mostly cotton fields surrounding the small, unincorporated community of Riverside, became the Bryan Army Air Field in response to the U.S.‘s entry into World War II. During just over two years of wartime service as an Advanced Flying School, the post specialized in developing instrument-only flight training. In addition, more than 1,000 Women Air Service Pilots were stationed at the base.

At war’s end, the field was deactivated and turned over to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to accommodate the influx of veterans returning to school on the nation’s newly-formed G.I. Bill. For the next five years, Aggie freshmen were housed at what was called “The Annex.”

With the outbreak of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula in the early 1950s, the base was reactivated under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force. Bryan Air Force Base became a jet-pilot training facility. Among its bevy of instructors were two young captains, Edwin Aldrin and Virgil Grissom, who, as NASA astronauts, would later become aerospace pioneers.

Five years after the end of the Korean War, the base was declared surplus and sat mostly idle until ultimately being leased to Texas A&M in 1962. Terms of the lease stipulated if productive use was made of the venue over the next 20 years, the school would receive full ownership of the property, infrastructure and improvements at no cost. During that two decade period, the site came to be known as the A&M Research Annex and hosted a vast number of scientific studies and partnerships with outside business ventures.

With full ownership transferred to the university, the venue was re-christened as the Riverside Campus in 1988. As such, it became the research home of numerous University and System-related ventures, including the Texas A&M Engineering Training Service (TEEX), the Texas A&M Engineering Research Station (TEES), and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Learn more about the historic past of the RELLIS Campus by visiting the RELLIS Recollections website.

A new idea is born.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp also saw the potential in Riverside Campus and its location, though this time for a different purpose.

In May of 2016, Chancellor Sharp announced the transformation of Riverside Campus into the RELLIS Campus, named for the six Aggie Core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity and selfless service. The innovative campus is now a technology and testing research hub that facilitates collaboration between private and public sector companies and provides unique educational opportunities for students. 

16 Sep

RELLIS Administration Building Opening

The almost 12,000 square-foot RELLIS Administration building refurbishment is completed to house the

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16 Aug

Infrastructure Project Phase I Completed

Provided infrastructure update included fiber, power, and utilities to the campus.
15 Aug

RELLIS Academic Alliance Complex Grand Opening

This multi-institutional center provides space for A&M System institutions to offer a variety of

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08 Aug

Army Futures Command Partnership

The U.S. Army Futures Command and the Texas A&M University System announced a cooperative agreem

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22 May

RELLIS Agriculture and Workforce Education Center

Texas A&M University System officials broke ground on the 38,000 square-foot Agriculture and Wor

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23 Aug

Blinn College Walter C. Schwartz Building Grand Opening

Blinn College opened their 83,000 square-foot Walter C. Schwartz Building to house associate degree

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01 Apr

Center for Infrastructure Renewal Grand Opening

Opening of state-of-the-art research center that is the leading source for developing transformative

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01 Mar

RELLIS Academic Alliance Complex Ground Breaking

Texas A&M University System officials broke ground on the 68,000 square-foot RELLIS Academic All

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01 Apr

TTI Headquarters Construction

TTI Headquarters construction estimated to begin.
01 Feb

Blinn College Construction

Blinn College construction estimated to begin February 2017.
02 May

Blinn added

Blinn College Trustees vote to relocate to RELLIS.
01 May


The RELLIS initiative is publicly announced.

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