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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Capital Expenditure Plan Report
Fiscal Years 2023-2027

September 2022

The University of Texas Health Scicnes Center at Houston

A few things that caught my eye for the TMC campus:

Digital Innovation Tower - $84,000,000
Medical Hospital - $244,000,000 (!!!!)
MSB Research Expansion Phase II - $200,000,000
Public Health Education and Research Building - $315,000,000
UTHealth Housing Phase 4 - $94,000,000

Some more on the UTHealth Digital Innovation Tower for the Research Park Complex.

Texas House of Representatives
Committee on Higher Education
Interim Charge Two, Request for Information
The University of Texas System
September 1, 2020



The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The UTHealth Houston two proposals for a research building connected to the new TMC3 project that would be the new hoe to the UTHealth School of Public Health and a Digital Innovation Tower on the south research campus for the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics. These to schools have set an explosion in enrollment due to the pandemic and student wanting to enter into the public health field or the informatics/artificial intelligence fields.

* SBMI Summer 2020: +26.6% over last summer

* SPH Summer 2020: +21.1% over last summer

And both schools are seeing large increases in Fall enrollment as well.

These two workforces that are facing shortages in Texas highlight bu the pandemic. It is estimated that more than 4/5 of all public health workforce are not formally trained in public health. Informatics and see of artificial intelligence are the ways future epidemics can be contact traced successfully without may of the privacy concerns. These demands for expended public health and informatics workforce stress the needs for funding for this infrastructure.




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So, is this part of Helix Park now or is it still part of the Research Park?

I seem to recall seeing that the adjacent SCRB 5 plan had a design and landscaping reminiscent of Helix Park that could tie in with that elevated crosswalk, but they weren't necessarily part of it either. 


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Question about one of the renderings released for the new UTHealth School of Public Health building.

Does anyone else see an unnamed building that's ghosted to the right? What is this about? Could this be the proposed UTHealth Digital Innovation Tower?


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Trailers on site!!

More and more equipment will start arriving in the next few weeks. I expect ground breaking in 2 or 3 weeks.

Really wish MDA's SCRB5 would join the new UTHealth SOPH building going up.  Dual buildings would be awesome! I believe they will definitely overlap but there might be a 6 month delay.  The funding sources are the same, we will hear more details soon!


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The MD Anderson South Campus vivarium got larger! I thought the vivarium was a small, inexpensive, modular building? The project was renamed to Biosciences Research Facility with a budget limit of $441,000,000.  The building is only 3 floors above ground, yet costs nearly $500 million.  wow!!

Paco Jones broke the news about the future BRF in the thread MD Anderson TMC Master Facilities Framework 2030. Thought I would borrow his images and transcribe the text so the text is indexable on HAIF.

It looks like the UT Research Park will have on-going, continuous construction for the next 5 to 6 years!

August 2023 - UTHealth School of Public Health
October 2023 - MD Anderson SCRB5
2024 - UTHealth Digital Innovation Tower
2025 - MD Anderson BRF

Project Introduction:

The MD Anderson South Campus Biosciences Research Facility (BRF) will be a one-of-a-kind vivarium facility that drives innovation in research, supports animal welfare, enables consistency high efficacy of research, and promotes a work environment that helps attract and retain top talent for MD Anderson.

As part of MD Anderson's Master Plan, the institution is consolidating its research footprint to the South Campus – creating the Texas Medical Center Research Hub. In support of this, MD Anderson requires a state-of-the-art vivarium designed to accommodate the future needs of the research community. The current animal care and use program is challenged by the north/south campus separation that requires balancing access to animals based on researchers and lab locations. It is imperative that the physical location of the building be central to the majority of research buildings to minim street on animals and humans and to including confounding factors on data.

To facilitate these goals, a phased approach to the project has been determined to best meet the Institution's planning and research goals while aligning with the current budget. Due to the complexity of the vivarium's program and ensuring that future phases will integrate seamlessly to become a single multi-phased complex, specific operation and design drivers have identified to provide a framework for the Phase 1 program. The primary goal being to provide the best value for day one operational functionary with the ability to expand in future phases to create one, single cohesive facility.

Phase 1 is comprised of two occupied floors with approximately 211,728 gross square feet and an upper third shelled floor of approximately 78,0000 gross square feet. The ground floor is comprised of an automated central cage wash facility, cage wash support spaces, complete loading dock for all phases, and building systems support spaces.  The second floor will enable a minimum of 30,000 rodent cages to be housed on one level, while the third floor will be shelled for future expansion (Phase 1.5)

Phase 1.5 Interior fit out will be built to suit and can enable the facility to either accommodate an additional 30,000 rodent cages and associated support spaces or provide specialty barrier housing for 13,300 rodent cages along with priority core research services as determined at that time.

Future Phase 2 will be a separate but connected building structure with the long term plan to expand directly south and horizontally from the Phase 1 building with full connectivity between phases. This future phase will include the remainder of the original BRF program of core research services including Aquatics, Small Animal Imaging Facility, Pathology, Behavioral, GEMF, specialty housing, and eventually accommodating the full 90,000-cage capacity – delivering a single, complete vivarium complex.

The project site is located on the corner of East Road and Bertner Avenue. Preparation of the site will include removing the existing MD Anderson Operations & Maintenance Storage Facility, the Hazardous Waste Storage Facility, and the existing surface lot parking. Once the site is cleared of existing structures, a new underground utility runs will connect electric services, water, sanitary and storm to the existing mains located adjacent to East Road and Bertner.

Due to the thermal load requirements needed for this large-scale vivarium, it was determined that the existing South Campus CUP would not be able to support this facility. In lieu of service from the existing CUP, Phase 1 will include a stand-alone thermal plant to provide the required chilled water for Phase 1 operations. The stand-alone plant will designed so that it can moderately expand into future phases. In addition, Phase 1 will include a tie-in connect to the existing ground thermal line at the west side of the site. The project team is currently analyzing integration of the new chiller plant into the mater distributed loop and optimization controls to determine cost feasibility.





A few years ago a MD Anderson engineer showed me where the future vivarium will be located.  He was right! East Road and Bertner Avenue, by SCRB #3. This development has been in the works for at least 3 years.  Glad to see it coming a long!


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"The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center broke ground Sept. 20 on a new research facility that will tie the institution to the Texas Medical Center’s new development.

Representing a $668 million investment, the 600,000-square-foot South Campus Research Building 5 will anchor MD Anderson’s south campus research park and will connect to TMC's 37-acre Helix Park, formerly known as TMC3. MD Anderson expects the SCRB5 facility, located at 1920 Old Spanish Trail, to be complete in spring 2026."

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"Dr. Peter Pisters, president of MD Anderson, also discussed the center’s need to move away from the spaces traditionally associated with clinical research. At the groundbreaking, Pisters said MD Anderson is designing SCRB5 for “100 years of use.”

“That means we’re migrating beyond things we’ve done in the past,” Pisters said. “If you go to some of our other research buildings, what you see are cinder blocks, fixed benches and tiny windows. And that won't work for the way that we do research today. It won't attract people from around the world to join our teams."

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