Medistar, Texas A&M Release Name, Updated Plans for $401M Houston Campus
HOUSTON — A public-private partnership between Houston-based developer Medistar Corp. and Texas A&M University has branded its new, $401 million medical and engineering campus in Houston and released updated plans for the ensuing phases of construction. The new campus, which is situated on five acres at the intersection of Holcombe Boulevard and Main Street near the Texas Medical Center, will be known as the Texas A&M Innovation Plaza at the Texas Medical Center. New construction plans include the development of Life Tower, a 714-bed student housing building, and Horizon Tower, a 485,000-square-foot medical and academic building. The 17-story Horizon Tower will be constructed atop a 2,700-space parking structure, will include most of the campus’s 15,000 square feet of retail space and is expected to be delivered by or before the first quarter of 2024. Life Tower, along with the parking garage, grade-level retail space and the central “open-air” plaza, is scheduled to be delivered in June 2022. The groundbreaking of this phase of the project is scheduled for late 2020. Development of the campus began earlier this year with the acquisition and renovation of Discovery Tower, an 18-story office building that now houses the university’s EnMed program, which provides students the chance to earn a master’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and a medical degree from the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Discovery Tower will open later this year. The Texas A&M University System spans 11 campuses across the state with a total enrollment of approximately 153,000 students.