Officials with UT Health San Antonio are doing pre-planning for construction of a new Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies in the South Texas Medical Center. The former University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio is relocating the existing institute and its resources from the Texas Research Park in west Bexar County to near its main Greehey Academic and Research campus. The Barshop Institute has top scientists conducting clinical research in aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
This is a total $70 million project eyed for location northeast of the intersection of Floyd Curl Drive and Charles Katz Drive. A skybridge above Floyd Curl will connect the institute with the South Texas Research Facility (STRF). Subcontractor bids were due by Oct. 12; UT Health San Antonio was scheduled to break ground on the institute’s new home this year.
The three-story, 108,000 gross-square-foot building will have open research labs, laboratory support, administrative and research faculty offices, and a big vivarium with support spaces and cage wash facilities all on the first floor. The second and third floors will be designed as shell space to accommodate future research labs and faculty offices.
Completion of construction is slated for late 2019. Alamo Architects has designed the project with TreanorHL Architects. Coleman and Associates readied the landscape plan. Intelligent Engineering Services handled structural designs. J.T. Vaughn Construction will be the construction manager.
According to a UT Health San Antonio news release, the Barshop Institute is now the only aging-intensive research institute in the country to have the following four designations: two NIA-funded centers (Nathan Shock and Claude D. Pepper), a testing site of the NIA-sponsored Interventions Testing Program, and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.