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  Texas A&M University System, Scott & White Regional Health Sciences Education Center, Page 44Texas A&M University System, Scott & White Regional Health Sciences Education Center
4100 South Shepherd, Houston, TX 77098


Temple, Texas
Total Square Feet: 63,100
Construction Period: Feb 2001 to Jan 2003 

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Skanska USA Building, Inc. (Formerly BFW Construction Co., Ltd.) - 1111 North General Bruce Drive, Temple, TX 76504
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates - 1608 West 6th Street, #100, Austin, TX 78703
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: HMG & Associates, Inc. - 9606 North MoPac Expressway, #350, Austin, TX 78759
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: The SWA Group - 1245 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77008
COST ESTIMATOR: Busby & Associates, Inc. - 2470 Gray Falls, #250, Houston, TX 77077

The newest educational building on the Temple, Texas campus of Scott & White Medical Center was a collaborative project between the hospital and Texas A&M University. The mission of the partnership is to "create the future of healthcare." As the most tangible representation of that partnership, the new health science center's design reflects the future of medical education and clinical practice.

The facility would have to accommodate a wide variety of medical programs for about 130 medical students, 250 residents and fellows, and more than 500 faculty and staff members. The building also would house the R.D. Haines Medical Library, lecture halls and classrooms. Additionally, it would have to incorporate a state-of-the-art learning resource center, and a 350-seat auditorium.

The new center would also become the hub of the medical school's administrative activity. Offices for student affairs and admissions, academic affairs, the Dean of Medicine and administrative staff, and other deans and offices of medical education previously scattered in various locations around the campus were streamlined and congregated here.

Although this wide variety of different functions and uses were demanded of a single facility, there was a common thread driving all planning decisions. The new educational and administrative facilities must accommodate leading edge technologies for communications, medical record keeping and archives.

The physicians of Scott & White were already pushing the envelope of medical technology, pioneering the use of hand held computers to review medical records at the patient's bedside and eliminating hand-written prescriptions. The building's design must similarly harness technology to streamline knowledge management and sharing. Moreover, the design must also be flexible enough to adapt to emerging technologies, the next generation of technological innovation still on the horizon.

Fresh from his recent experience with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., technology consultant David Joiner was retained to work on the Texas A&M Health Science Center project. Joiner worked with the facility's designers to give the medical faculty and students the ability to document and archive medical information and learning that could be accessed quickly by multiple users. The technology infrastructure design focused on four main areas: Archiving, training, teaching and distance learning.

While the health science center is designed for the future of healthcare, it also connects to its Central Texas roots. Its exterior brick bands alternate with limestone, a strong reference to the facility's Texas Hill Country setting. The clean, modern lines of steel and glass accents are softened with natural finish oak paneling covering walls in the lobby, auditorium and major lecture halls. Terrazzo tile flooring in the lobby also adds warmth.

The main entrance creates an impression of openness, with a four-story tall curtainwall and stone-surround space. The focal point of this soaring space is the cast-in-concrete, cantilevered staircase connecting the first and second floors. Stainless steel and glass handrails draw the eye up along its curvilinear ascent. Its upward movement mirrors the aspirations of the medical students, climbing toward their educational and career goals.

DIV 04:
Masonry: Acme.
DIV 07: Coated Foam Roofing: Neogard & Polythene Systems, Inc.
DIV 09: VCT: Armstrong; Carpet: Shaw; Terrazzo: American Marble Mosaic; Rubber Base: Armstrong; Acoustical Panels: Wall Technology.

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