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Leap Day: Leap forward for University of Houston

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Univ of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2In a February 29 ceremony attended by members of the university community, legislative leaders, and donors, the University of Houston marked the start of construction for Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB 2), designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built by Tellepsen Builders.

The building will be home to the UH College of Pharmacy, including the planned UH Center for Drug Discovery and Development; and the University of Houston’s Integrated Care Center, which will provide primary medical and behavioral health services for the underserved in surrounding communities.

Remarking on the building’s integrated education, research, and clinical programs, Provost Paula Short, PhD, called it a place “where we can bring the best healthcare to our citizens, and prepare the best health providers, educators, and researchers.”

“This is exciting for our campus,” she said. “It supports [UH] President Khator’s [Carnegie] Tier 1 [research institution] vision and the University’s efforts to be relevant in our community and regionally and nationally competitive.”

“This groundbreaking reminds us all of the impact that this facility will have on the academic life of the University of Houston and the health and wellbeing of the community surrounding it,” said Shepley Bulfinch Principal Mark Boone, AIA. Shepley Bulfinch also designed Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 1, the first building in the University of Houston’s growing health sciences center, which opened in 2013.

UH College of Pharmacy Dean F. Lamar Pritchard, who emceed the event, said, “This new home for our College of Pharmacy will allow our faculty to educate and train the next generation of patient care providers… In turn, these cutting-edge facilities will ensure our college maintains its legacy of excellence.”

The 300,000 square foot building is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

Take a virtual walk around HBSB 2

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