Construction for the new UTRGV Research Facility is officially underway in the city of McAllen.
In addition to the new school of medicine, the facility will be a vital space for medical research and clinical uses.
What was only a dream three generations ago, is now becoming a reality here in the Rio Grande Valley.
It’ll be the first research facility south of the Nueces River.
Dr. Carlos Cardenas – Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Chief Administrative Officer said, “Today, we see the research arm, which is the third leg in what you need to have a top-tier medical school.”
The 84,000 square foot facility will house 16 research labs and core facilities for doctors, residents, and students to properly study diseases that affect the RGV population.
“We have one of the highest instances of liver cancer.” Said Dr. Cardenas
It will also supplement healthcare research that is already being conducted.
Sarah Williams with the Diabetes & Obesity Institute said, “The new facility will help us expand programs, add new expertise, bring in new scientists who can enhance research in this area. And all the research is focused on the public health issues that are facing the communities. So it has tremendous potential to improve health in the region for the future.”
Aside from healthcare research, the space is expected to positively affect economic development for the region.
Guy Bailey, UTRGV President said, “It’s one of the most significant things we’ve ever done. We think it will have about a 45-million dollar a year impact. If you project that over 20 years, it’s a billion dollar project. So we think this is really huge.”
The facility will be located at the corner of Jackson and Dove in McAllen, and it will be completed in the beginning of 2018. The building costs are estimated at between $32 – $34 million dollars.