Senator Frank L. Madla Building

Senator Frank L. Madla Building

Frank L Madla Building

The Senator Frank L. Madla Building is located at the Main Campus of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The address is One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224.

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  • 90,300 Gross SF facility providing 54,096 SF of net usable area and 800 faculty, staff and student parking spaces
  • 20 Classrooms providing teaching space for up to 720 students at a time
  • The Welcome Center is your one-stop shop to receive personalized assistance with applying for admission, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and so much more.
  • Multipurpose Science Laboratory with stations supporting 24 students
  • Administrative and Faculty Office spaces
  • A decorative quatrefoil fountain at the intersection of  Verano Parkway and University Boulevard marks the entrance to the TAMU-SA Campus
  • Security Command Center to monitor access control and intrusion detection
  • 24/7 Video Surveillance System
  • Emergency communication with multi-layer Mass Notification System


  • Built to LEED Silver Standards
  • Water conserving plumbing fixtures utilized throughout
  • State of the art Lighting Control Systems incorporating occupancy sensors for energy conservation
  • Water-efficient Xeriscape landscaping features a rich mix of native trees and plant materials that require little water and highlight the natural beauty of south Texas
  • Irrigation system utilizes cistern-based collection and rain water/HVAC condensation storage (2 - 25,000 gallon cisterns)
  • West-facing windows incorporate use of sunshades made from cut aluminum panels reminiscent of the hojalata pressed metal craft that is native to south Texas.  The design of these decorative panels draws from the imagery found on Mission San Jose in south San Antonio.
  • Use of “dark sky” friendly exterior light fixtures


  • Technology-rich building with wireless internet and LAN connectivity in all spaces
  • Teaching spaces equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment
  • Public spaces feature digital display screens for communication across campuses
  • The building’s exterior features local San Saba sandstone that is found on many of south San Antonio's landmark buildings
  • The building is designed around a lush courtyard with a water feature  
  • Intricately detailed brickwork on the building draws from the south Texas tradition of brick architecture found on the best-loved buildings in the region.
  • Deep portales, or loggias, shelter pedestrians at the ground level around the building and refer to a south Texas building tradition that acknowledges the local climate and the need for shade
  • Third-level covered balconies offer an expansive view of San Antonio and the future TAMU-SA campus
  • Stained oak doors, artesiantile imported from Mexico and local mission concrete tile give the building an authenticity that grounds it in the traditions of south Texas


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