On Friday, November 16, Sam Houston State University broke ground on the new College of Osteopathic Medicine. Vaughn is serving as the construction manager-at-risk on this $49 million project, which includes laboratory spaces, simulation space, gross anatomy labs, active learning classrooms with a 360-degree view, and a teaching theater in the 216,000 SF building. The program will offer a distinct form of medicine which provides the benefits of modern medicine and the use of technology, focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
At the groundbreaking event, Dana Hoyt, president of Sam Houston State University, opened the ceremony saying, “Sam Houston State is one of the best-suited universities to address this rural healthcare crisis. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support received from numerous community leaders and East Texans. Their confidence in our ability to deliver on our mission is inspiring.” She expressed her gratefulness to Vaughn Construction and made known we would meet the December 31, 2018 schedule deadline.
Hoyt’s remarks were followed by several notable speakers, including Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System. “This is an important milestone in the history of SHSU. I am excited that a university in our system is involved in solving a Texas healthcare problem in a unique way,” said McCall. He has supported the university’s tireless efforts in the development of a medical school, including testifying in front of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he expressed enthusiasm in seeing further progress on the system’s first medical school.
The substantial completion for this project is December 2019. The design firm is Page.