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Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences - Houston Center

The new Houston Center is a 10-story, 202,000 square-foot “campus in one building” that was funded at no cost to the state through an innovative public/private partnership that has raised nearly $40 million for the new building. Texas Woman’s University retained Broaddus & Associates as its Program Manager to oversee development of its new 176,000 SF Institute of Health Science-Houston (TWU-IHS) campus.

The TWU-IHS is located on a new parcel of land at the entrance to the Texas Medical Center and offers advanced degrees in six programs: Health Care Administration, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Nutrition, and Library and Information Studies. TWU established the first doctoral nursing program in Texas, and is currently the only institution in the southwest to offer a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy. TWU produces more healthcare graduates than any other Texas institution.

The new campus project consolidates TWU-HIS functions previously housed in several buildings that were located at the center of Texas Medical Center in Houston into one building. The new education building houses faculty offices, classrooms, labs, support services and all functions necessary for the Houston campus of TWU. Student population is 1,000 students in all programs on the Houston campus, and anticipated growth is in the 5-7% range. The new building shares its 1.5-acre site with a new 1,200-space parking garage, which was constructed concurrently for a different owner.

Broaddus & Associates was responsible for establishing goals and standards to use as checkpoints for all future decisions on the project. The firm managed and led services and consultants necessary to coordinate design and construction, including responsibility for design, quality, budget, construction phasing, staging, orchestration of two primary contractors on the proposed site, assessment and transfer of fixtures and equipment to the new building, as well as relocation of faculty and staff.