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South Texas Centers completion on schedule (12-28-99)

A year ago, on Dec. 2, 1998, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio officially broke ground on its most recent component—the South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine at the Texas Research Park. Now the new research facility is nearing completion and is set to open in late spring.

With the support of several foundations, organizations and individuals, more the $19 million was raised to fund the facility and bring the Health Science Center and the Texas Research Park one step closer to the development of a "Science City."

"This building is only one of several new buildings that are planned for the park," said Sanford Miller, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. "The idea is to build a science community and bring together groups of researchers with common interests."

John Kell, of the Kell Muñoz Wigodsky architectural firm, said construction at the research center continues to move smoothly and should be completed by the spring of 2000. A date for a building dedication ceremony has not been scheduled.

The center will offer a number of core facilities to foster a sense of community at the research park, including a multipurpose, state-of-the-art teleconferencing center and lecture halls financed by the SBC Foundation and a research library fully equipped with the latest capabilities for information transfer and transmission. The center is expected to be a test ground for new telecommunications equipment.

The facility will include 87,000 square feet of laboratory space and several meeting rooms that can accommodate everything from breakout sessions to private luncheon meetings.

When the research center becomes operational by early next summer, it is expected to provide work areas for more than 200 researchers and staff members. Research will focus on infectious disease and immunology, aging (a joint program with the Audie L. Murphy Division of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System), bone disease and diabetes.

Contact: Will Sansom or Jennifer Lorenzo