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  1. Isn't the cap supposed to be on the other side of Downtown (the east side)? Over I-69 and the relocated I-45? The bridge you're referring to is on the west side connecting downtown to fourth ward(?).
  2. I love the pedestrian alleyways this project has. It reminds me quite a bit of some of the older developments in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona. Most of the buildings are only one or two stories but they're packed in very closely with patios and alleyways like this to make them enjoyable during the entire year. I wish that is something we would see more here when low rise buildings are built.
  3. Just after Houston survived Laura, TAMUS broke ground today on the next phase of Innovation Plaza. The Texas A&M University System is wasting no time! https://www.tamus.edu/texas-am-breaks-ground-on-innovation-plaza-in-texas-medical-center/
  4. The Texas A&M University System has branded the buildings going up at Innovation Plaza. The building under renovation right now that will open later this year to support the EnMed program (Engineering Medicine) will be called Discovery Tower. The student housing complex will be called Life Tower. And the commercial building with the parking garage will be called Horizon Tower. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/texas-news/texas-am-system-brands-buildings-at-innovation-plaza-in-houston/2393968/
  5. The Texas A&M University System capital plan has been updated to include their contribution to TMC3 ($100,000,000 building) with a proposed start date of the current fiscal year (ends in August, I believe). This is in addition to the $18,000,000 approved back earlier this year. https://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/treasury/pdf/FY20/Quarterly_Updates_to_FY2020-FY2024_CapitalPlan_3rdQtr.pdf
  6. I think the idea is to have the people actually providing the care and using the new innovations create them. In engineering, knowledge of operations and how the solution needs to work greatly benefits the design process. Bio-med and bio-tech engineers, while quite talented and useful, aren't in the trenches providing the care (unless of course, they also are MDs).
  7. The idea is that medicine needs more engineers in the field to make treatment more advanced and cheaper. (Aggie engineer here, student when this all was announced although I'm in aerospace, not medicine) They pitched it to us that in engineering school our way of thinking is changed to a creative problem solving capacity and that we seek to understand instead of just memorize (I've been told by friends that med school professors love having engineers in their classes for this reason). Rather than just knowing what the body does, in med school engineers seek to understand the how and why. They
  8. This is a good point, the taller rendering also seems to be a bit higher quality than the shorter one leading me to think the shorter building could have just been a preliminary proposal.
  9. As someone who takes classes in the Zachry building, I'm really glad the only remaining part of the old facade is a slab of the old wall that was incorporated into a piece of artwork and hung in the first floor. 😅
  10. Then you may be disappointed as smoking, smokeless tobacco, and vaping were banned on all Texas A&M University System property starting January 1 of this year.
  11. They're no longer listed as a founding institution. https://www.tmc.edu/tmc3/
  12. The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents are expected to approve a $109 million research building for TMC3 next week. (Page 25) http://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/bor/pdf/AgendaArchive/2020-02Reg/RegularItemBinderFeb2020.pdf
  13. Chancellor of the Texas A&M System John Sharp starts talking about some plans for this property in minute 21 of the linked video. Specifically, he mentions 750 units of high-rise student housing. Also of note is he suggested Baylor CoM is dropping out of TMC3. http://mediamatrix.tamu.edu/streams/601899/Faculty_Senate_Meeting_Recording_for_November_11,_2019
  14. Forgive me for posting an article that's mainly about Dallas but there's some good data in it about Houston multifamily. Houston is supposed to deliver 16,092 new apartments in 2020 compared to 2019's 7,621 apartments, a whopping 111% increase. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/01/15/more-new-apartments-opening-in-d-fw-than-any-other-us-metro/?fbclid=IwAR2IzbabH8J0wRXqPmhOCDKQle0EYPYeXWEZhrt89yO3ai5XOkH5nzu-ByQ
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