New Medical Center research hub unveiled

A Texas Medical Center project called TMC3 will bridge the clinical and research campuses of five founding institutions: The Medical Center (TMC), Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Construction the groundbreaking project is expected to begin in 2019 and reach completion in 2022. It will generate a $5.2 billion stimulus to Texas and create 30,000 new jobs according to an economic impact study. Researchers will pioneer advancements in areas such as therapeutics, medical devices, regenerative medicine and data science.

“The new 30-acre research campus will provide our top medical minds with the resources to remain at the forefront of the health care industry,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, who joined political and medical leaders in announcing the plans.

“This cutting-edge facility will not only generate thousands of jobs, but it will solidify Texas’ position as an international leader in biomedical research.

The centerpiece of the TMC3 campus – resembling the indelible double helix shape of a DNA strand – will be a multi-story building spanning nearly the entire length of the 30-acre complex. The shared facility will include core laboratories, restaurants, retail and commercial space.

“TMC3 will move Houston much farther into the forefront as a global hub for biomedical research, leading to more innovation in this great city that has repeatedly remade itself as a global leader for science and innovation,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “More than ever, people who chart the course for the future will want to work, live and play in Houston.”

The crown jewel of the facility will be an elevated park designed by noted landscape architect James Corner. The rooftop park, which will be open to the public, will soar 60 feet above the campus, offer sweeping views of downtown Houston and feature gardens, walking and running trails. The new campus city center will also boast the TMC Hotel and Conference Center.

“We want to drive collaboration, and we know that happens when top researchers innovate side-by-side,” said TMC President and CEO William F. McKeon.

“Breakthroughs do not just happen in the laboratory. They also take place over coffee, on group runs, or during chance encounters with colleagues. The TMC3 campus will foster unparalleled opportunity for new discoveries on a daily basis.”

McKeon said they will work in conjunction with the state and the academic institutions’ programs to make sure MWBEs are included in the massive construction project.

TMC3 is located in the district represented by Congressman Al Green.

“I think it is visionary,” Green said. “…I think it can move us forward, but I also think there has to be inclusivity – everybody has to be included, all aspects of the city.”