Texas Biomedical Research Institute Breaks Ground on 70,000-SF Lab Complex

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor The Texas Biomedical Research Institute has broken ground on a 70,000-square-foot complex that will house 15 research laboratories. The $26.5 million building will provide eight laboratories for the institute’s federally designated Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC), which conducts research on tuberculosis, heart disease, diabetes and AIDS, according to the San [...]

The Texas Biomedical Research Institute has broken ground on a 70,000-square-foot complex that will house 15 research laboratories.

The $26.5 million building will provide eight laboratories for the institute’s federally designated Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC), which conducts research on tuberculosis, heart disease, diabetes and AIDS, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The new complex is intended to consolidate the existing laboratories, which are currently housed in multiple buildings across the campus, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

According to Kenneth Trevett, the organization’s president & CEO, the construction of the two-story facility–named after Earl Slick, the brother of the institute’s founder–is part of the first phase of a 25-year master plan that has been in the works for about a decade, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The second phase is expected to be started in the next five years and will include the construction of an animal procedure holding area and renovations to about 530,000 square feet of existing buildings.

To date, the institute has raised about $30 million for the master plan; another $11 million is expected to be raised by 2014, according to institute officials. The entire sum came from donations.

San Antonio-based Lake|Flato Architects and Houston-based FKP Architects are the designers; the builder is Houston-based Vaughn Construction.

Meanwhile, Baptist Health System is set to begin construction on a new emergency hospital in suburban San Antonio. Emerus Hospital Partners L.L.C. will build the 40,000-square-foot facility. Construction of the medical facility is valued at more than $10 million, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

Image: Founder of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Thomas Baker Slick Jr.