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Expanded facilities benefit students and community

by Clint Shields

New facilities are shaping the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) campus in Bryan, providing learning and working space for a variety of student and private ventures. In summer 2011, TAMHSC opened the fourth building on the 200-acre Bryan campus, offering services to students and area residents.

“What is unique about what’s happened here is the combination of academic settings along with research and private clinical practice,” says Barry Nelson, Ph.D., TAMHSC’s vice president for finance and administration.

“What is unique about what’s happened here is the combination of academic settings along with research and private clinical practice.”

– Barry Nelson, TAMHSC

Funds for the Bryan campus’ construction came from the Permanent University Fund, tuition revenue bonds and private investments. The TAMHSC is expected to have a $1.2 billion economic impact on the Bryan/College Station region by 2015.

Shaping the Medical Future

Construction plans for the Bryan campus focused on consolidating the academic programs and administration that previously were scattered throughout Bryan and College Station. The first building opened in 2010 and by summer 2011, four buildings were complete, providing more than 536,000 square feet of educational, clinical and research space.

Having a first-class facility for education and research was the driving force behind development of a campus in Bryan, Nelson says, and there is certainly room for expansion, with additional research and public policy buildings in the works – at least in the planning stages.

“We have lots of plans, we just need the funding,” Nelson says. “The plan is to create a premier academic setting coupled with industry sites and practice sites and we are following that plan.”

Vision for Excellence

Bringing together the various components of the Texas A&M Health Science Center factored heavily into the city of Bryan gifting 200 acres to the TAMHSC. The campus is about two miles from the main Texas A&M University campus and includes shuttle service between the two Texas A&M System entities.

In addition to the academic setting, Bryan officials stipulated that 50 acres be devoted to supporting private industry. The marriage of academics and private industry has grown to be a good one.

“I think it was important for [the city of] Bryan, from a visionary standpoint, to have this nucleus,” says Nelson. “You look around and see this exciting academic setting with the health science center, Blinn College’s two-year programs, clinical services and research and you’ve got a great package. It’s a nice blend and it works.” TR

TAMHSC Buildings

Photos courtesy of TAMHSC

  1. Clinical Building I – The newest of the campus buildings, it has about 127,000 square feet of space and opened in August 2011. Clinical Building I houses student training space and equipment, as well as clinical services available to the public through partners such as the Texas Brain and Spine Institute, a Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center, a St. Joseph Health System imaging center and various vocational health programs taught by Blinn College.
  2. Health Professions Education Building – At more than 132,000 square feet, it houses lecture and seminar rooms, a learning resource center and library. The building also contains a simulation center with multiple exam and training rooms.
  3. Medical Research and Education Building – Slightly smaller than the Health Professions Education Building, it contains research laboratories and support spaces, seminar rooms and a scientific display area.
  4. Caliber Biotherapeutics – A biotherapeutic manufacturing initiative, Caliber researches new technologies to shorten infectious disease vaccine production and occupies a 145,000-square-foot facility constructed and managed by G-Con LLC.

Read more about Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Bryan campus .