Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) broke ground on June 9th for new buildings to its Lubbock campus. The expansion project is meant to bring additional opportunities for education and research initiatives.

The $85.9 million project will consist of three parts: a north expansion that will create two new buildings north of the existing TTUHSC building, a west expansion that will add additional facilities to the existing TTUHSC building and the creation of a boulevard entrance to campus for accessibility.

“This expansion presents unprecedented opportunities to extend our traditional strengths in teaching, research and patient care,” TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said. “New and expanded spaces will bind our campus together in ways that encourage interaction and promote collaboration. The years to come will be ones of transformation and growth, distinguished by the creativity and vision of our academic community.  I look forward to all that we will accomplish together as we approach our 50th anniversary as an institution.”

The West Expansion will supplement the existing TTUHSC building with an additional 125,000 gross square feet by connecting the west side of the existing TTUHSC building to the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences.

The space will provide educational and research facilities for anatomical sciences and will include an expansive, state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory.

The north expansion will include two buildings to increase productivity in academic, professional and research affairs.

The University Center building will have 60,000 GSF to support institutional initiatives, program growth and academic changes.

The building will house state-of-the-art research laboratories, translational research facilities classrooms, offices, new technology and equipment and other infrastructure upgrades.

The second building will be a free-standing conference center with 12,500 GSF, which will provide daily, on-site conferencing space for the adjacent University Center building and the existing Academic Classroom Building.

To provide for growth of the medical academic campus, the project will install a new boulevard entrance to the campus at Fourth Street by creating a signalized intersection.

In addition to new structures, the overall project will include replacement parking and upgrades to the infrastructure in support of the new buildings and street access. The combination of the additions will provide accessibility and connectivity while promoting the use of facilities by the entire campus community.

The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents Facilities Committee approved the project on October 13th of 2016. The Tuition Revenue Bond approved by the 84th Legislature covers all construction costs.