Over the years, Texas Medical Center member institutions developed individually in silos. As science and technology advance in complexity, it is increasingly difficult for one entity to solve the mysteries of medicine in isolation. Collaboration is required to compete globally. In 2014, TMC brought together leaders of its member institutions and the community to create a campus-wide strategic plan for the first time in 70 years. The goal was to identify key areas for collaboration among member institutions that will establish TMC as the “Third Coast” for life sciences. Around the same time, four of the largest member institutions approached TMC about purchasing land for additional lab space. TMC seized the opportunity to boost efficiency through shared resources and create an opportunity for industry to propel discoveries from bench to bedside.
TMC is developing a biomedical research hub that will cluster researchers and industry experts together on a collaborative 30-acre campus. TMC3 will unite the brightest minds in life sciences in one place for one purpose: to translate fundamental discoveries into commercial solutions to advance human health. The campus integrates leading researchers with a host of top-tier expertise from the private sector. The TMC3 founding institutions are Texas Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
In addition to collaborative research space and shared core labs, the TMC3 project encompasses office buildings, a rooftop park with recreational greenspace, retail and restaurant space and a hotel and conference center.
An Engine for Economic Opportunity
TMC3 represents Houston’s greatest opportunity to expand and diversify its economy. TMC3 will stimulate the economy through job creation, employee compensation and overall spending. The groundbreaking project will generate a $5.2 billion stimulus to Texas and create 30,000 new jobs, according to a third-party economic impact study by Silverlode Consulting conducted in November 2017.
TMC3 will leverage collective intellectual talent and financial resources to establish an epicenter of global life sciences research and become a beacon for humanity’s hopes for a healthier future.
The centerpiece of the TMC3 campus – resembling the double helix shape of a DNA strand – will be a multi-story facility housing shared core labs, retail and commercial space.
Famed New York High Line landscape architect James Corner designed the new elevated rooftop park, Helix Park, on top of the double helix building. Helix Park will be open to the public, will soar 60 feet above the campus, and will offer sweeping views of downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center.
Fact & Figures
- 1.5 million square foot collaborative research campus
- 250,000 square feet of core labs and amenities, including 125,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 125,000 square feet of shared research facilities
- TMC3 will be home to the 410-room TMC Hotel and Conference Center, with 50,000 square feet of conference space