The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Facilities Committee approved an $85.9 million expansion project to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Lubbock campus on Oct. 13. The project will consist of three parts: a north expansion that will create two buildings north of the existing TTUHSC building, a west expansion that will add additional facilities to the west side of the existing TTUHSC building and the creation of a boulevard entrance to campus for accessibility.
“This expansion presents unprecedented opportunities to extend our traditional strengths in teaching, research and patient care,” TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said. “New and expanded spaces will bind our campus together in ways that encourage interaction and promote collaboration. The years to come will be ones of transformation and growth, distinguished by the creativity and vision of our academic community. I look forward to all that we will accomplish together as we approach our 50th anniversary as an institution.”
The west expansion will supplement the existing TTUHSC building with an additional 110,576 gross square feet (GSF) by connecting the west side of the existing TTUHSC building to the Preston Smith Library. The space will provide educational and research facilities for anatomical sciences and will include an expansive, state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory.
The north expansion will include two buildings to increase productivity in academic, professional and research affairs. The Education, Research and Technology Building will have 55,939 GSF to support institutional initiatives, program growth and academic changes. The building will house state-of-the-art research laboratories, translational research facilities classrooms, offices, new technology and equipment and other infrastructure upgrades. The second building will be a free-standing conference center with 17,000 GSF, which will provide daily, on-site conferencing space for the adjacent Education, Research and Technology Building and the existing Academic Classroom Building.
To provide for growth of the medical academic campus, the project will install a new boulevard entrance to the campus at 4th St. by creating a signalized intersection.
In addition to new structures, the overall project will include replacement parking and upgrades to the infrastructure in support of the new buildings and street access. The combination of the proposed programs will provide accessibility and connectivity while promoting the use of facilities by the entire campus community.