building blocks

More than a facelift

building blocksThe Texas Legislature and the UT System Board of Regents have allocated more than $95 million to modernize and renovate buildings at the Health Science Center.

The project is expected to take about three years to complete.

Much of the work will center on the 1.4 million-square-foot medical/dental education building, one of the oldest buildings on campus, constructed in 1968. The nursing education building, more than 40 years old, also will receive updates.

“Even though [the nursing education building] was expanded in 1996, it is quickly becoming obsolete due to increased enrollment, curriculum changes and significant mechanical and safety code changes,” said Michael E. Black, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. “These system upgrades will allow us to modernize prioritized educational, research and related administrative space within these buildings.”

Tuition revenue bonds will cover $80 million of the cost, and another $15.4 million will come from Permanent University Funds.

“With these much-needed infrastructure upgrades, we will be able to effectively repurpose space to augment our educational and research initiatives,” Black said.

The project also will include laboratory and other renovation projects.

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