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UT Health San Antonio Celebrates Groundbreaking at Barshop Institute

by Vaughn Construction | Oct 18, 2017

UT Health San Antonio recently broke ground on the New Barshop Institute, a research facility to house top scientists conducting clinical research in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Vaughn is serving as construction manager-at-risk on this three-story, $52 million project which will include open research labs, lab support, administrative and faculty offices, and a vivarium. To easily transport animals between vivarium locations, the New Barshop Institute will connect to the existing South Texas Research Facility, also built by Vaughn, via an open-air bridge.

At the groundbreaking event, William Henrich, president of UT Health San Antonio, said, “The bridge will functionally, as well as symbolically, facilitate the collaboration of scientists from both sides of Floyd Curl Drive.” The new building also will be adjacent to the Center for Oral Health Care and Research, another Vaughn project completed in 2015.

In his opening remarks, President Henrich expressed his gratefulness to Mike Vaughn, who represented Vaughn Construction at the event. His remarks were followed by several notable speakers, including James Weaver, regent of the University of Texas System and Joe Staus, speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

The substantial completion date for the project is November 2019. 

UT Health San Antonio Barshop Institute

The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity & Aging Studies from UT Health San Antonio on Vimeo.