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3 hours ago, htownbro said:

If built, the Med Center skyline could rival that of downtown and several other major city skylines!

Gonna take TMC 10+ , 150+ m towers to rival Downtwon Htown. But I would say rn it's around 3rd or 4th biggest skyline in Texas. Should move up to 2nd or 3rd in the coming years, especially when some of these skyscrapers are finished. 

But damn is it impressive how many high rises Houston has.TMC/Uptown alone, could be a medium-large cities' skyline by itself. While Downtown is just on another level of size. This doesn't even count everything else in-between. 

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2 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

I was told the left tower will be built for sure.

 

Looks like a baby 609 Main

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Maybe not so baby... if it gets built, then it looks like it would be a 12 story podium with ~40 floors above. That could make it comparable to 609 main in height. IF the one on the right got built as shown, it would be edging into supertall territory.

 

I don’t know anything about this project, and don’t know how much those models accurately reflect what TAMU has planned for the site. 

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33 minutes ago, jmosele said:

Maybe not so baby... if it gets built, then it looks like it would be a 12 story podium with ~40 floors above. That could make it comparable to 609 main in height. IF the one on the right got built as shown, it would be edging into supertall territory.

 

I don’t know anything about this project, and don’t know how much those models accurately reflect what TAMU has planned for the site. 

 

To my eye, they look really big. I concur. 

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Seems like the design we saw isn't to theoretical, and might be close to the final design? If both of these get built, it will drastically change the TMC skyline. Just an absolute insane amount of money being shelled out on this product.

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5 hours ago, texan said:

Here is the latest Texas A&M Board of Regents agenda packet with some big implications for the rest of this property. $625,000,000 public-private partnership. I know hospitals are expensive but even for a hospital that much money has to build a pretty massive building.

 

http://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/bor/pdf/AgendaArchive/2019-08Reg/RegBinder2019-08.pdf

 

Can you point to page #?

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1 hour ago, OkieEric said:

 

Can you point to page #?

225, the page titled "Private Development"

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10 hours ago, texan said:

225, the page titled "Private Development"

 

Thanks, was having a hard time searching for some reason

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On 8/3/2019 at 12:13 AM, texan said:

225, the page titled "Private Development"

 

Checking prior meeting agendas, this amount has increased throughout the year.  $250 million in January, $325 million in April, etc...  $625 million is such a significant amount, just seems weird there is nothing else out there about it

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On 7/21/2019 at 12:08 PM, jmosele said:

Maybe not so baby... if it gets built, then it looks like it would be a 12 story podium with ~40 floors above. That could make it comparable to 609 main in height. IF the one on the right got built as shown, it would be edging into supertall territory.

 

I don’t know anything about this project, and don’t know how much those models accurately reflect what TAMU has planned for the site. 

If TAMU is involved then I'm sure it will come to fruition.  

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2 hours ago, htownbro said:

If TAMU is involved then I'm sure it will come to fruition.  

I would definitely put my money on it happening. The TAMU System has been aggressively working over the past few years to expand its reach and has been very good at achieving that (winning the contract to manage Los Alamos National Lab, bringing the Army Futures Command central testing hub to campus, getting the Legislature to give it control of the Texas Division of Emergency Management). The “new” A&M System loves big, bold projects. What’s more is that this is a public-private partnership which will generate revenue for the A&M System. One of the most notable PPPs A&M has done is Park West, a 3400 bed student housing complex, it was built for about $245 million and annually generates $20 million for TAMU (projected total return to TAMU of $600 million over the 32 year agreement). In all likelihood, the Holcombe project should be very similar to this and A&M’s other PPPs, opening up ridiculously vast resources for TAMU to further invest in the Health Science Center and TMC. If you simply scale the ROI for Park West up to this project’s initial value (which is a terrible way of projecting the ROI for this project because it doesn’t account for differing agreements, higher value of land in the TMC than College Station, etc), you get a return of $1.53 billion which would very easily fund some health projects TAMU wants to pursue although even this project alone would be a game changer for the TMC.

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Texas A&M University awarded $2.5 million grant to establish Academy of Physician Scientists

https://www.tmc.edu/news/2019/08/texas-am-university-awarded-2-5-million-grant-to-establish-academy-of-physician-scientists/

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Texas A&M University has been selected as one of 10 degree-granting institutions to receive a $2.5 million Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award. The five-year grant will help establish an Academy of Physician Scientists, which will provide advanced, intensely mentored training for medical students and residents who are interested in pursuing a career in academic research focused on engineering.

 

The academy will be a collaboration between the Texas A&M College of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Engineering, Houston Methodist Hospital and the Texas Medical Center. 

 

“It’s designed to help catalyze innovative approaches to establishing effective pipelines for training and preparing physicians to enter productive academic research careers,” said David P. Huston, M.D., professor, associate dean and director of the Clinical Science and Translational Research Institute of the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Huston will be the principle investigator for the grant and director of the Academy of Physician Scientists.

 

The academy will complement Texas A&M’s recently launched EnMed program, which combines engineering and medicine into a discipline with the opportunity to simultaneously earn both an M.D. and an M.S. in engineering, as well as their MD Plus and MD/PhD graduate programs. But what sets it apart is that it is primarily for medical students and physician residents who didn’t necessarily set out aiming for a career in research.

 

“The real impetus behind this grant is the national recognition that most physicians, if they enter into an academic research career, they may not enter medical school thinking that’s what they want to do, but they get turned on to it in the course of their medical school training, or later on during their residency training,” Huston said. “Currently, there is no well-designed mechanism for those individuals to really get the mentored training and guidance and expertise to enable them to have the best chance at success. This is an effort to recognize that need, and it is designed to catalyze innovative strategies to increase the bandwidth of this pipeline of physician scientists.”

 

The grant begins September 1, 2019, and the university already is working to identify competitive candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the first class. Huston said the academy will take five medical students annually for a one-year opportunity of in-depth mentored research and training, which will take place between their third and fourth years of medical school. Five additional individuals will be selected each year for a two-year training and mentorship program during their clinical residencies.

 

 

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This is a great move and something that should have been started years ago. This will be transformative for the med center's biodiversity and bioengineering.

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Do you guys prefer the previous look? First line from the article is incorrect, they've kept the shades.

 

https://kinder.rice.edu/urbanedge/2019/09/17/houston-buildings-worth-preserving-according-local-architects-preservationists

 

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In contrast, there is the Fannin State Bank Building, which had similar sun-shades on the side, but recent construction removed them. 

 


 

"That's another Arthur Jones building," Koush said. "They're re-skinning it and kind of changing its appearance from what it was originally." "At least it's not being knocked down, but they are drastically changing its original character," he said.

 

 

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Fannin Bank Building by russell.hancock, on Flickr

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http://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/bor/pdf/AgendaArchive/2019-10-31Reg/10-31-2019Consent.pdf

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I believe this agenda item is for the $625,000,000 figure we've seen for the remainder of this property. This is from the Board of Regents Meeting that will take place next week. This looks like permission to execute a contract for the ground lease for the remainder of this property, hopefully those huge, beautiful buildings!

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3 minutes ago, texan said:

http://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/bor/pdf/AgendaArchive/2019-10-31Reg/10-31-2019Consent.pdf

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I believe this agenda item is for the $625,000,000 figure we've seen for the remainder of this property. This is from the Board of Regents Meeting that will take place next week. This looks like permission to execute a contract for the ground lease for the remainder of this property, hopefully those huge, beautiful buildings!

 

1. Texas A&M asks for RFQ's for "Market Feasibility Study"

 

2. Texas A&M asks receiver of RFQ, "can we make money here"

 

3. RFQ receiver, "....yes"

 

4. Texas A&M = *shocked pikachu face* , everyone else = duh...

 

5. Profit

 

 

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On 10/19/2019 at 5:24 PM, hindesky said:

I wonder if this is as high as the glass is going?

 

New renderings show full glass.  First peek at the interior.

 

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On 10/25/2019 at 10:19 PM, texan said:

http://assets.system.tamus.edu/files/bor/pdf/AgendaArchive/2019-10-31Reg/10-31-2019Consent.pdf

1045963962_ScreenShot2019-10-25at9_16_13PM.png.bece6c93e48ed6c69eb39cc085e08a4b.png

I believe this agenda item is for the $625,000,000 figure we've seen for the remainder of this property. This is from the Board of Regents Meeting that will take place next week. This looks like permission to execute a contract for the ground lease for the remainder of this property, hopefully those huge, beautiful buildings!

 

Can't wait to see this area in 5 years or so....this development, 7200 main, TMC3, new Medistar Tower...can't even imagine the added traffic but nice to see residential components in some of these.  Anyway, I'm not sure if this is news or not, but apparently they are also selling the A&M Health Science Center at 2121 W. Holcombe.  

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