Master Plan: Growing Facilities
The Health Science Center is in the fifth year of implementing its long-term master facilities plan. The first phase of the campus expansion included opening the 112,000-square-foot Medical Education and Training building. This state-of-the-art education facility supports the expansion and enhancement of our academic programs and the continuing growth of our student, faculty and staff community.
The Medical Education and Training building includes a 500-seat auditorium that can be divided into two 250-seat auditoriums. There are multiple display options in the auditorium allowing for great views anywhere in the room. The highly sophisticated auditoriums include HD cameras for teleconferencing, a performance hall-rated speaker system, programmable lighting, in-audience microphones, data/electrical to all 500 seats and wireless throughout.
Also included in the Medical Education and Training building is a small café, multifunctional classrooms/meeting rooms, lounge/public spaces, simulation labs, clinical teaching exam rooms, small group rooms, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Physical Training Lab, Physical Therapy (PT) Instructional Labs and faculty and staff offices for OMM, PT and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM).
The Medical Education and Training building was awarded LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design, construction and operation initiatives.
Another recently completed project was an extensive Energy Conservation Project that will improve infrastructure efficiencies and reliability for many years to come. This project is estimated to reduce our carbon footprint by approximately 650 tons annually and reduce CO2 pollution by 2,400 tons annually. This is equivalent to planting over 59,000 trees or reducing gasoline consumption by 241,000 gallons annually or reducing the number of driving miles by 4.8 million annually. Annual energy savings will equal an approximate 12% for electricity, 10% for natural gas and 6% for water.
Scheduled for completion in 2013 is the Library Courtyard, approximately two acres of usable outdoor green space for students, faculty, staff and the community. The Library Courtyard will provide collaborative and social spaces, make the campus more pedestrian friendly and reduce the amount of impervious surfaces.
A future multi-disciplinary research building is planned to add more research laboratories, classrooms, teaching labs, study areas, seminar rooms, multimedia learning and associated student learning spaces. Faculty and administrative offices would also be included in this building with graduate student research studios, meeting rooms and informal work areas.
This page last modified March 6, 2013