Breaking Down Academic Silos to Promote Scientific Learning

Texas A&M Health Science Center, Bryan, TX

Through master planning studies, the Bryan campus was developed to consolidate health education elements into a health science center campus that integrates education, research and clinical facilities. The first phase of the plan, which includes two academic buildings, introduces physical environments designed to stimulates intellectual growth and foster the convergence of education and research. The buildings in this phase include the Health Professions Education Building (HPEB) and the Medical Research and Education Building (MREB).

The four-level HPEB brings together the schools of medicine and nursing with teaching environments, tiered teaching theaters, a multi-purpose hall, offices and complete student services. 28,500 sf is dedicated to a clinical-style multidisciplinary skill and simulation center designed for medical and nursing students, as well as testing and continuing education of area clinicians.

With the theme of translational research running throughout, the MREB is designed to promote collaboration. Two lab wings face each other across a courtyard, and office suites at the end of the wings flank social areas with views to an outdoor terrace. Research is supported by a vivarium, BSL-3 lab and ABSL-3 holding, all designed to expand in the future.