LBV Science Center,
On Saturday morning,
April 16,2005 Laredo moved closer to the heavens above. Texas A&M
International University dedicated its Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and
Planetarium with sunshine and smiles.
The dedication ceremonies began with a Mass led by Bishop James A. Tamayo
at 10 a.m. Dedication ceremonies and a tour of facilities followed.
The $24.5 million-plus three-story facility is 79,000-square feet in size
and includes 40 distinct science labs in addition to classrooms, computer labs,
an auditorium, faculty offices and the signature planetarium.
The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center will be home to both science and social
sciences faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. The first and second
floors are dominated by science labs and computer labs, while the third floor
is primarily faculty offices.
The Center is dedicated to Lamar Bruni Vergara by the trustees of the Lamar
Bruni Vergara Trust.
The signature feature of the building is the 86-seat planetarium which will include
new generation digital projectors which allow viewing from any part of the
A powerful Digistar 3 System, the only one of its kind in the area, integrates
graphics hardware and software to generate impressive full-dome images inside
the “ball” which rests within glass-sheathed pyramid. Viewers sit
in a comfortable recliner like seating and watch shows overhead.
Architects for the Center and Planetarium are Kell-Muñoz Architects
of San Antonio who also served as architects for Phase One and Two of the TAMIU
Lamar Bruni Vergara, born in 1910 to Annie Reiser Bruni and Louis H. Bruni,
was raised and educated in Laredo and spent much of her life becoming acquainted
with the city and its citizens.
Her love for the city, and a fondness for its people lead naturally to a sincere
interest in the welfare of the community. Over the years, she dedicated many
unselfish hours to the Catholic Church as well as local social service organizations.
Upon her death, a trust was formed to dedicate her estate to a legacy of continuous
support of religious, health and educational initiatives in the community.
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