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Texas A&M Plans New $546 Million Medical Center Complex

The new development includes a building for the university system’s new engineering medicine program, as well as new student housing.

A rendering of Texas A&M’s planned Texas Medical Center complex. The complex will house the university system’s new engineering medicine program.

Texas A&M will spend more than half a billion dollars on a complex for its new medical program and student housing in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, the university system announced Thursday.

The $546 million price tag includes the $145 million purchase and renovation of an 18-story building, and $401 million in private funding to build two additional towers, Texas A&M said.

“The Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System recognized an opportunity in Houston to help Texans and contribute more to the global medical community,” read a statement from Elaine Mendoza, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System. “We are eager and fortunate to further enhance the world’s greatest medical center through this endeavor.”

The new development will house the university system’s new engineering medicine program at 1020 Holcombe Blvd. inside the 18-story building. The engineering medicine, or EnMed, program offers both a master’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and a medical doctorate from the school’s Health Science Center, the university said. That renovation is expected to be finished by the summer.

A rendering of Texas A&M’s planned Texas Medical Center complex. The complex will house the university system’s new engineering medicine program.

One of the two new buildings is a 265,000-square-foot, 19-story building with 572 units of housing for medical and nursing students, along with a 1.2 million-square-foot parking garage, scheduled to be finished in June 2022, the university system said. Texas A&M also announced a new 30-story, 587,000-square-foot medical office building with 72,000 square feet of retail space and 8,700 square feet of green space, expected to be completed in June 2023.

The EnMed program will require students to create new medical devices before graduation, according to Dr. M. Katherine Banks, the system’s vice chancellor of engineering and national laboratories.

“I expect to see transformative ideas generated by Texas A&M’s broadened presence in Houston,” read a statement from Banks.

The new development represents a step forward for a university that has yet to establish a large footprint in the area — university system chancellor John Sharp called it an “aggressive expansion of properties” in the center. The university system purchased the 5.5-acre tract of land in 2017 for $62 million, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, said the new complex would help make Houston a top destination for new business.

“Last year, Houston had its best year ever in terms of attracting venture capital to the region,” Harvey said. “This program and this facility will provide one more reason for major VCs to give Houston’s innovative companies a look – and for talented students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to make Houston their home.”

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