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Introduction

Construction is underway along Fannin Street for a new building expansion for the School of Biomedical Informatics to further foster learning and collaboration in the field of biomedical informatics. The new building expansion will stand alongside the UCT building in the Texas Medical Center.

We invite you to check this page frequently for construction updates, announcements, photos, and other information that will help you follow the construction progress over the year. This construction project started during fall 2017 and is slated to finish in winter of 2018.

Renovation and building projects involve cooperation and collaboration among many groups including Facilities Management, Administration, and Finance. These groups provide insight and guidance on all major building projects including oversight of general contractors, setting budgets, assistance in the design process, and assuring the quality and the function of the new or renovated space. We want to take a moment and thank these groups for their hard work.

Completion Concept

Concept

Two new floors, at 20,000 sq. ft. per floor, will be built adjacent to the UCT main building on top of the parking garage.

The 6th floor will house the Office of Academics Affairs and four new classrooms of which three of the classrooms can be converted into one large event space. The 6th floor is intended to foster a collaborative environment for students by providing a student lounge to meet and work together. The new and redesigned I2 Lab is intended to foster collaborative projects between students, faculty and industry.

The 7th floor will house all of the school’s research centers and labs.

Planning

Development

The university teamed with WHR Architects to design a new, multipurpose building located at 7000 Fannin St., as the new location for classes and large scale events including seminars, conferences, networking events and commencement. The building will also simultaneously serve as the center for research in informatics for the school. Since 1992, the university has used the UCT building as it's home.

Complete Design Concept

Completion

As we inch closer to the completion date, we will keep everyone updated on the current construction stage of the building expansion.

  • On November 2017, the first steel beams were delivered.
  • As of January 2018, the frame has been erected.
  • As of early April 2018, the expansion project is at the halfway point. All windows and exterior sheathing is complete and the roof is ¾ complete. The anticipated move-in date is late December 2018.