Midland: TTU Regents Approve Concept for School of Health Professionals Physician Assistant Building at Midland College
Feature Photo (above): The existing health sciences school run by Texas Tech University on the Midland College campus. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Midland (Midland County) — A medical school building with an anticipated budget of $20 million is being planned for the Midland College campus by Texas Tech University System.
The TTU Board of Regents on Friday, Oct. 3, approved a concept for a new School of Health Professions Physician Assistant Building.
Parkhill Smith & Cooper Inc. was chosen prior to the Regents vote. PSC was selected from an approved design professional pre-qualification list, and based on their specific expertise in the area of medical academics and their history with Midland College.
TTU already has a presence on the Midland College campus within the Dorothy and Todd Aaron Medical Sciences Building, said Billy Breedlove, TTU Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning & Construction.
The project will program an additional 20,000 to 22,000 gross square feet to the existing building, as well as provide partial renovation of the existing educational spaces.
“The addition includes new educational/classroom spaces, an ADA testing space, faculty/staff offices, and support spaces. The partial renovation of the existing educational spaces will accommodate the transition of instructional spaces to meet program needs and conversion of technologies used in current teaching practices,” project summary to the Regents stated.
The project will incrementally increase the current student group capacity. Breedlove said they are trying to raise the cohort class from 60 to 72.
Friday’s vote included an authorization to spend $592,937 for the planning and design of the addition.
Regent member John B. Walker recalled difficulties TTU had with labor shortages on a Health Sciences Center project in Odessa and asked what problems were anticipated for Midland.
Breedlove said support from the subcontractor base in Midland might be slightly better due to a “bit of a slow down” in the city. However, he anticipated that many of the subcontractors would have to come from Lubbock. He added that it was made very clear to contractors on the previous project that recruiting subs could be an issue.
“I, quite honestly, don’t think they believe how difficult it was to work there. We will make this very clear, and I think it’s also going to help having the design firm located in Midland. So, they can help us also, maybe, on some of that sub selection and support,” Breedlove said.
Breedlove also made reference to a map that showed a proposed location for the expansion. However, he said the map was a kind of “place holder” from the Midland College master plan and TTU was not committed to that location.
Black arrow refers to the Texas Tech University health sciences school at Midland College. Area in red is a place holder where an addition might be constructed.
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