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Urbannizer Sep 18, 2015 3:36 PM

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* Collaborative research campus that includes a convention center, hotel, residential high-rise and retail.


Originally Posted by HBJ
Texas Medical Center to move forward on new 30-acre development
Sep 16, 2015, 3:39pm CDT Updated Sep 16, 2015, 4:33pm CDT

The Texas Medical Center has big plans in mind for some of the last unused real estate in the TMC district.

At last year's inaugural State of the TMC luncheon, Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO of the TMC, unveiled a grand vision of a new research campus dubbed TMC3. While dirt hasn't begun to move yet, he expects it to happen soon.

"This is going to put us on the map in Houston to compete with London, Shanghai, Boston, San Francisco and Singapore," Robbins said at the annual State of the Texas Medical Center event. "I am more confident standing here a year later that this is going to happen."

The Texas Medical Center plans to move forward with the convention center, hotel, retail and living space, Robbins told the HBJ. It plans to put out request for proposals in the coming months to get those projects started.

Robbins added that he already has the developers willing to front the initial costs for these projects, but did not elaborate on which ones specifically. He also said the Texas Medical Center will launch a philanthropic campaign to help fund the project.

chris08876 Sep 18, 2015 10:13 PM

Beautiful campus. Would love to work here. That, and the Exxon mobile campus. Seems like Med Center always has cranes sprouting from it. Millions of square feet must be added per year I'd imagine which is great for securing its future as the worlds largest.

Urbannizer Sep 24, 2015 10:45 PM


A “collaborative development agreement” is expected to be completed soon, he added, and groundbreaking could start in the first quarter of next year.

The project is called the TMC3 Innovation Campus. The number three refers to the “third coast.” It would house the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center as its anchors.

“All in all, it’s about a $2 billion play,” McKeon said.

Urbannizer Sep 24, 2015 11:41 PM


Originally Posted by chris08876 (Post 7169193)
Beautiful campus. Would love to work here. That, and the Exxon mobile campus. Seems like Med Center always has cranes sprouting from it. Millions of square feet must be added per year I'd imagine which is great for securing its future as the worlds largest.

Nearly all the major institutions have expansion plans either u/c or on the table. There's also a few hotels and residential proposed for or near the TMC.

Urbannizer Sep 25, 2015 5:14 AM


Originally Posted by Houston Chronicle
A top Texas Medical Center executive described a plan Thursday for a major medical research campus that would bring together four institutions and contain multiple components, including hotel rooms, living space, restaurants and bars, greenspace and an enormous plaza shaped like a double helix, a nod to the medical description of intertwining strands of DNA.

The origins of the project began at least a year ago when McKeon said the Medical Center determined that the four institutions each need between 300,000 and 500,000 square feet of additional research space.

The project would have 5,700 underground parking spaces.

McKeon said the campus would be open for all Houstonians.

He envisions it as a place where concerts could be held and where people could jog and bike alongside the new greenspace.

The Gensler architecture firm has been involved in the design of the project, which would include a series of research/office buildings between 300,000 and 350,000 square feet and 60,000 square feet for shops and restaurants. The helix would comprise 250,000 square feet.

skys the limit Sep 25, 2015 5:02 PM

Interesting proposal and if built will be an excellent addition to the Medical Center.

The Medical Center has been a positive in the midst of strengthening downturns in both the commercial and residential markets in Houston due to the crash in oil prices.

In the article McKeon is quoted as saying:

It’s been unanimously approved by our board and it’s moving very quickly,” McKeon, executive vice president, chief strategy officer and chief operating officer of the Texas Medical Center, said at an investor conference hosted by Midway, at Hotel Sorella in CityCentre.

But at the end of the article is this statement:

* Note: In a follow-up interview, McKeon said the only thing approved by the Medical Center board so far has been a change in real estate covenants that would allow for-profit companies to help develop the project.

Maybe McKeon is just so excited about the prospects he announced everything being unanimously approved in the expectation that it would be but then was forced to say that nothing has been approved other than a change in covenants that could allow it to go forward, not that it is actually approved to go forward.

A bit different message.


Urbannizer Nov 12, 2015 7:19 AM

Here's a rendering that's a bit more detailed:

Urbannizer Dec 2, 2016 5:45 PM

Texas Medical Center to develop hotel at TMC3, rest of campus still in progress


Dr. Robert Robbins, CEO of the Texas Medical Center, announced Dec. 1 the TMC plans to push forward on its planned hotel and convention center, but offered few details on the rest of the TMC3 campus at the annual State of the Texas Medical Center.

The hotel, expected to open in 2020, is the first piece of the puzzle for the planned TMC3 campus, a 30-acre district focused around life science and health care commercialization. According to a slide in the State of the TMC presentation, the hotel is estimated to be 350 rooms, but Robbins told the HBJ the exact size of the hotel and conference space could fluctuate depending on upcoming studies.

"I would really love to see it break ground in late 2017, but it may be early 2018," Robbins added.

Urbannizer Oct 2, 2017 8:09 PM
TMC|3 Research Campus by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr
TMC|3 Research Campus by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr
Untitled by Darius Fontenette, on Flickr

Wattleigh Apr 23, 2018 4:36 PM


Governor, Turner, TMC officials to announce new project
By Nancy Sarnoff
Published 10:03 am, Monday, April 23, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott, Mayor Sylvester Turner and officials from the Texas Medical Center are expected to announce new details Monday afternoon about TMC3, a collaborative medical research campus slated for 30 acres between Brays Bayou and Old Spanish Trail.

The proposed project, which has been in the works since at least 2015, is expected to bring together four institutions and contain multiple components, including hotel rooms, restaurants and bars, green space and an enormous plaza shaped like a double helix, a nod to the medical description of intertwining strands of DNA.

Officials scheduled to attend the 2:30 p.m. announcement include Baylor College of Medicine President Paul Klotman, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, Texas A&M University System Vice Chancellor of Health Services Carrie Byington, Texas Medical Center President William McKeon, the University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven, the University of Texas Health Science Center President Giuseppe Colasurdo and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center President Peter Pisters.

Urbannizer Apr 23, 2018 9:00 PM

New timeline revealed for $1.5B Texas Medical Center expansion

Press Release:


Groundbreaking for TMC3, the new campus, is expected to begin in 2019 with completion slated for 2022. The collaborative research campus is expected to involve five founding institutions as medical centers across the world continue to seek collaboration between major corporations and research universities.

The new campus alone is expected to have a $5.2 billion impact on the city of Houston and create a projected 30,000 new jobs. The campus is located south of TMC's current footprint in what is now mostly a parking lot between Old Spanish Trail and South Braeswood Boulevard.

"This project itself, I think, is one of the most transformational things that will ever happen to the Texas Medical Center," said Bill McKeon, president and CEO of TMC. "This will really set the cornerstone of how we do things in the future."

A lead architect and developer have not been selected for the project, but TMC has been working with Gensler and Hines in the initial phases of the project.

The 30-acre campus is expected to include roughly a 1.5 million-square-foot shared research space among the founding institutions: TMC, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. It's a first time these institutions will have built and shared a space of this scale in the TMC.

TMC3's centerpiece, resembling the double helix shape of a DNA strand, will be a multi-story building across most of the 30-acre area. The structure is expected to feature core laboratories, restaurants, retail and commercial space. TMC reversed its land covenants, historically designating its property as a nonprofit sphere, to become a for-profit area similar to its innovation institute. The labs are expected to be dedicated to genomics, imaging, drug screening along with conference and educational space.

Another visible part of the campus expected to be built is the 60-foot-tall elevated park, which will be open to the public. The 18-acre park is planned to have gardens, walking and running trails and views of downtown Houston. Landscape architect James Corner, who designed the High Line in New York, will be designing the park.

Finally, the new campus will feature a 19-story TMC Hotel and Conference Center. The hotel is expected to have 410 rooms, and the conference center is planned to encompass 50,000 square feet. A flag has not been selected for the hotel, McKeon said.

Twitter1 Apr 23, 2018 11:42 PM

Good stuff. Thank you for the posting!

Wattleigh May 7, 2018 3:51 AM

Sign for the proposed changes to the site is now up. Will go before the City's planning commission on Thursday.

c/o 'corbs315' on HAIF

Overview of part of the site at present, c/o hindesky on HAIF

Twitter1 Nov 9, 2019 2:38 AM

From State of The Texas Medical Center 2019 held on October 31, 2019.

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