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South Texas Research Facility
South Texas Research Facility facts:
  • Location: 8403 Floyd Curl Drive
  • Three stories
  • 190,000 gross square feet of new research space
  • More than 1,000 feet long
  • Cost: $150 million
  • Will accommodate up to 400 scientists, research administrators
    and support staff
  • Will house the latest research technology and eco-friendly features,
    including nearly 800 energy-saving solar panels
  • Architects: Rafael Viñoly


Monumental research
South Texas Research Facility set to open this fall

March 2011

by Natalie Gutierrez

If you took the Statue of Liberty and stacked her three times from toe to torch, she wouldn’t equal the length of The University of Texas Health Science Center’s latest marvel - the South Texas Research Facility (STRF).

Even more impressive than the STRF’s size are the research discoveries that will take place within its walls once it’s completed this fall. Aging, cancer, neurosciences and regenerative medicine are among the core areas of research to be housed within the building.

New York City-based Rafael Viñoly Architects melded Big-Apple brilliance with Texas-size ingenuity when they envisioned this monumental masterpiece designed to foster interaction, innovation and collaboration among scientists. Here, research will evolve into therapies that university physicians, who literally work in clinics right across the street from the STRF, can use to immediately benefit patients.

"We stand on the threshold of a new era in research in which today’s discoveries will translate into tomorrow’s cures. The STRF is the catalyst for motivating and moving scientific breakthroughs to patients’ bedsides like never before. In our researchers, we have the brainpower. Now we have the building to match."

- Brian Herman, Ph.D., vice president for research
   The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio



SAVE THE DATE
Dedication of the
South Texas Research Facility
Oct. 13, 2011


Featured guest:
Alfred Gilman, M.D., Ph.D.
chief scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT)
and recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine


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