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Texas A&M names $550M TMC campus in Houston

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/05/19/texas-a-m-university-tmc-campus-name.html

 

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The Texas A&M University System's $550 million campus adjacent to Houston's Texas Medical Center will be called Texas A&M Innovation Plaza.

 

The name was announced May 18, but plans for the campus were announced in February and date back to at least 2017.

 

“EnMed is just the first example of innovation that Texas A&M System intends to bring to the Texas A&M Innovation Plaza,” Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said in a May 18 press release. “We are excited to have such a visible location in the Texas Medical Center.”

 

 

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007653-firey-orange-jelly-icon-arrows-hadown goes the prospective height (50 floors) of our prospective and magnificent TMC... INNOVATION TOWER...

 

nZ55fza.jpgup goes the brand new NAME/MONIKER of the prospective aggie TMC development... TEXAS A&M INNOVATION PLAZA 

... strange coincidence?  are they changing the name/moniker of INNOVATION TOWER?  what is going on here...?

 

 

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I think this tower looks fantastic in the rendering !  I'd be proud to have it in the TMC.  AND, it looks way taller with more floors than are mentioned in the short clip from the full article shown above.  Of course I'd love to see it even taller, but by my visual counting, I see at least 48 floors on that tall tower but it could even be more than 50 since the resolution here isn't perfect on the image and I'm actually purposefully under counting floors since I can see them all that clearly.  In addition and although being an alumni, I do have several petty reasons to criticize TAMU, HOWEVER these all pale in comparison to such a good looking development and with great intentions to create a huge presence by putting this in place here in Houston in TMC.  On this project at least, I have to say bravo, indeed and I really hope all of the renderings I see come to fruition, especially the highest tower.  If it happens, it will be extremely prominent in the TMC and far beyond. 

 

Covid crisis or not, developers are still bully on Houston and for good reason.  Our population's diversity and education are combined as second to none in big cities in America.  And, we always seem to weather big national economic downturns better than other mega cities.  AND then, we tend to bounce back with a vengeance afterwards !  Our local and regional economy (thank goodness) is no longer 80% dependent on just OIL in the energy sector.  We've intelligently diversified in so many ways where the "oil" part is down, way down on the totem pole of importance since that terrible time in the early 80's.  This can also be attributed to the local giant energy companies themselves diversifying away from strictly oil related industry and towards alternative sources and ideas.  So, the doom and gloom of our economic outlook, at least locally, is most likely way overblown.  Not wanting to jinx any of our good fortune, however - nationally, and due to Covid19?  Not so much...

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https://today.tamu.edu/2020/05/18/texas-am-system-brands-landmark-campus-in-texas-medical-center/

 

Texas A&M System Brands Landmark Campus In Texas Medical Center

The five-acre mixed-use Texas A&M Innovation Plaza in Houston will be home to the Engineering Medicine program.
By Texas A&M University System Communications StaffMAY 18, 2020
 
aerial view rendering of the medical building
 
The Texas A&M Innovation Plaza in the Texas Medical Center area will include the renovation of an 18-story building, plus $401 million in private sector money to build two new towers.

Texas A&M University System

 

The Texas A&M University System has announced the name of its landmark 5-acre campus in Houston, Texas, at the prominent intersection of Holcombe Boulevard and Main Street near the Texas Medical Center (TMC). Setting a new standard for collaboration in engineering, medicine, research and education is the first all-new mixed-use campus for the Texas A&M System in Houston: Texas A&M Innovation Plaza.

The Texas A&M University System initiated the new campus by acquiring and renovating an 18-story office building at 1020 Holcombe Blvd. to be the home for EnMed, a unique two-degree program that provides students the chance to earn a master’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and a medical degree from the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

The EnMed Building will open later this year.

Complementing the academic, research, discovery and innovation missions of the EnMed Building, Texas A&M Innovation Plaza will provide a welcoming, secure and vibrant experience to the campus population and visitors alike, with generous green spaces and lifestyle amenities not commonly found in the TMC area.

With groundbreaking scheduled in late 2020, the System’s public-private partnership (P3) developer is bringing additional investment of $401 million to fulfill unmet needs in the area with two complementary towers totaling an additional 1.9 million square feet.

“EnMed is just the first example of innovation that Texas A&M System intends to bring to the Texas A&M Innovation Plaza,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “We are excited to have such a visible location in the Texas Medical Center.”

Scheduled to be complete in June 2022, a 19-story, 714-bed student housing tower will overlook a scenic plaza flanked by a large garage with retail and dining at grade with convenient, affordable parking for 2,800 vehicles. Texas A&M medical students and Prairie View A&M University nursing students will be given priority for housing, but students from other institutions could fill open slots, if available.

Scheduled to be delivered in January 2024 is a 17-story, 515,000 square-foot integrated medical building that will be built atop the 13-story parking structure. With generous, efficient floorplates and robust building technologies, this integrated medical building will be ideally suited to medical, clinical, biomedical, technology and office uses.

Accessible via Main Street, Holcombe Boulevard and Fannin Street, Texas A&M Innovation Plaza is also adjacent to the METRO TMC Station, providing convenient connectivity via bus and light rail service to the TMC, Museum District and Downtown Houston.

The developer for the P3 projects is Medistar Corporation. American Triple I Partners, founded by Texas A&M alum Henry Cisneros, is part of the financing team.

 

 

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So you go to school to get an engineering degree and a medical degree? Why both and not one or the other? 

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1 hour ago, jmitch94 said:

So you go to school to get an engineering degree and a medical degree? Why both and not one or the other? 

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6 hours ago, hindesky said:

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Not only money but the medical field was way behind the tech curb and is now drastically changing with new technology being introduced. Doctors will increasingly need to know robotics and automation. Houston could be the new technology-medicine hotbed for innovation with all of our medical institutions adapting to new technologies in the field.

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10 hours ago, jmitch94 said:

So you go to school to get an engineering degree and a medical degree? Why both and not one or the other? 

 

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 say this would allow us to use that creative problem solving ability to attack the problems head on. Instead of just providing treatment, physician engineers would constantly come up with new solutions- hardware, using data, or otherwise- to treat patients. Essentially, applying the problem solving ability of engineers to the medical field. Really what it is is broadening the pool that medicine pulls from, adding people of new backgrounds, which will definitely make the field better.

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On 5/22/2020 at 8:42 AM, texan said:

 

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 say this would allow us to use that creative problem solving ability to attack the problems head on. Instead of just providing treatment, physician engineers would constantly come up with new solutions- hardware, using data, or otherwise- to treat patients. Essentially, applying the problem solving ability of engineers to the medical field. Really what it is is broadening the pool that medicine pulls from, adding people of new backgrounds, which will definitely make the field better.


I’m genuinely not arguing here but isn’t that what bio-med and bio-tech degrees do already? I guess this is just at the PhD level?

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18 hours ago, jmitch94 said:


I’m genuinely not arguing here but isn’t that what bio-med and bio-tech degrees do already? I guess this is just at the PhD level?

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).

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15 minutes ago, texan said:

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).

 

I honestly think this needs to happen in Architecture as well. While there is a substantial argument to be made that there are a myriad of ways students benefit from getting a more general or isolated education in there various fields, many of the real issues we face today are from the fact that our institutions have become overly preoccupied with the abstract, and theoretical instead of what is actually happening in the real world. A way to help this is by bringing multiple disciplines together so they can have checks on one another and learn from one another, and push each other to actually apply there knowledge to what is actually happening in reality. In a way we need to start popping some bubbles or echochambers. People outside ones discipline can be incredibly useful to gain new insight into what one doesn't know or understand. Establishing more lines of communication is always better than cutting oneself off.

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