UT System chancellor to attend groundbreaking ceremony for $67 million UTHSCT Academic Center on Tuesday, Oct. 27

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new $67 million Academic Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, on the UTHSCT campus, at the intersection of Texas 155 and U.S. 271 in Tyler.

The ceremony will officially celebrate the construction of the new 85,000-square-foot Academic Center. The center will be built in two phases.

“I am so proud that this new facility will add to the beauty and effectiveness of our campus. It will make the UTHSCT campus even more of a destination point for those seeking educational opportunities, participation in advanced innovative research, and excellent clinical care,” said UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun.

In Phase I, the building’s shell will be constructed, and the cancer center on the first floor will be completed. Phase I will cost $42 million and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2011.

In Phase II, which will cost more than $25 million, the second and third floors will be finished out.

These will house classrooms for the Family Medicine Residency Program, a large auditorium, and a new Watson W. Wise Medical Library.

The estimated five-year economic impact of construction, equipment, and operational costs of the Academic Center is more than $190 million.

The chancellor of The University of Texas System, Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, will speak during the dedication ceremony, as will UT System Regent Printice L. Gary.

Other speakers will include Dr. Calhoun, Tyler City Manager Mark McDaniels, and Tyler Economic Development Council President and CEO Tom Mullins.

In addition, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Dr. Kenneth I Shine, as well as officials from Tyler and the surrounding area and East Texas legislators also will attend the groundbreaking.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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