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UTMB to Break Ground on New Education Building

By: Raul Reyes | Thursday, April 06, 2017

  • WHAT: UTMB will break ground on the new Health Education Center that will feature simulation centers such as hospital rooms and examination rooms.
  • WHEN:  1:30 p.m., Friday, April 7
  • WHERE:  11th and Mechanic Streets, Galveston Island
  • WHO:  UTMB officials, UT System representatives, state lawmakers and county and city officials
  • KEYNOTE:  Texas Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood

Health Education Center by the numbers

  • Cost is $90.4 million
  • Funded by $67.8 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds and $22.6 million from philanthropy
  • 166,000 square feet
  • 5 stories high
  • Scheduled to open spring 2019
  • First significant addition to UTMB’s educational infrastructure in 40 years.

ABOUT UTMB HEALTH: Texas' first academic health center opened its doors in 1891 and today has three campuses, four health sciences schools, three institutes for advanced study, a research enterprise that includes one of only two national laboratories dedicated to the safe study of infectious threats to human health, a Level 1 Trauma Center and a health system offering a full range of primary and specialized medical services throughout Galveston County and the Texas Gulf Coast region. UTMB Health is a part of the University of Texas System and a member of the Texas Medical Center. 

Article written by Raul Reyes

Raul Reyes, director of media relations at UTMB, has an extensive background in communications with more than 30 years experience in journalism. Before joining UTMB in 2007, he was an editor at The New York Times and also worked as an editor at the Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News. When he and his wife, Linda, worked at the Houston Chronicle in the 1980s, they used to dream about living and working in Galveston. Some things do come true. Raul is at UTMB and Linda edits a couple of Dallas magazines from their home in Galveston.