GALVESTON, TX – Texas A&M University here has picked Hunt Cos. to develop a cadet residence hall. This is the developer’s first project with the University System. The cadets at school here are part of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

“This partnership will create a more comfortable and accommodating living environment for current and future cadets, and allow for greater flexibility and housing options for the growing student population,” says Sinclair Cooper, co-president of Hunt’s public-private partnership division, in a statement.

The $45 million project will include more than just the planned 612-beds. Current plans call for the construction of non-residential components – things like classrooms, office space, conference rooms and retail.

Construction is scheduled to start during the second quarter of 2014 and complete by fall 2015.

Previously, Hunt Cos. has developed more than 70,000 military homes.

“We look forward to beginning what we hope to be a long and lasting relationship with the Texas A&M University System,” Cooper says. was unable to reach Hunt Cos. before press time. We will update as more news becomes available.