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University of Texas - Biomedical Research and Health Professions

Harmonizing research, academics, and history

  • 60K

    Square Feet

  • Brownsville, Texas

    Brownsville, Texas

Creating a new two-wing facility to serve dual purposes—research and academia

Built to blend with the existing Spanish Colonial style campus, the new Biomedical Research and Health Professions building is a two-wing, dual-purpose facility. It’s bringing more research and academic spaces to the Brownsville campus, and its traditional elements—inspired by local historic buildings—are breathtakingly classic.

The north wing is a biological research laboratory with attendant faculty offices. There are hot and cold storage rooms and a vivarium (simulated environment) for research animals. The south wing houses general instruction spaces, medical instruction labs, and administrative office space.

And the labs and offices are designed to accommodate individual principal investigators. They include movable, modular lab furnishings and equipment customized to each researcher. Shared equipment spaces within the secured perimeter provide access to microscopy equipment, autoclaves, and tissue culture equipment.

The two wings are connected by an outdoor courtyard and two-story covered walkway. Perfect for taking advantage of the warm climate and fostering an active environment where researchers, staff, community, and students can interact, study, and relax. 

At a Glance

2013 Learning by Design - Outstanding Project
Meet Our Team

Dan Caren, Principal

As an architect, my daily work is never boring. And neither are my clients.

Alex Wing, Principal, Education

Balancing analysis and design, I develop an optimal match between academic, research, and support facilities, and the client’s mission.

Dan Caren


Alex Wing

Principal, Education

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