The front of the building has 14 ionic columns. The columns feature portraits in the Ionic capitals, or molding on top of the column to broaden the load bearing surface. The architectural detail embodies Texas history and symbols of agriculture and engineering. The portraits are supposed to be “idealized” depictions of a “typical” cadet, according to the August 1998 Texas Aggie magazine. Vosper also worked in the design, as per Aggie lore, the likeness of a young woman, Sara Orth. Her father William Orth, was the superintendent of campus building construction.
The building was named in 1997 for Jack K. Williams, 17th A&M president.