Envisioned as a state-of-the-art laboratory that will support evolving research activities at the Health Science Center, the MREB 2 project consists of a 48,200-square-foot expansion above two existing floors of the Medical Research & Education Building (MREB 1) and the construction of a new, connected facility of 122,800 square feet.
The new spaces – research laboratories, laboratory support, and associated offices, where different disciplines will come together to learn from each other and stimulate research processes — thoughtfully respond to the needs of the researchers, students, and faculty they serve. Movable casework, flexible partitions, and mobile workstations quickly and easily reconfigurable, allowing the building to continuously evolve as technology and facility needs change.
The project includes expansion of the existing vivarium in the MREB 1 to support new research activities, as well as expansion of an existing BSL-3 laboratory and the addition of essential core facilities, associated offices, shell space, and a 200-student multidisciplinary teaching lab. The MREB 2 will be dedicated primarily to state-of-the-art laboratories and lab support for biomedical research and physiology-based research, and includes an increased number of core lab functions and additional shell space.
The new facilities will be a clear expression of the dynamic disciplines they serve and a strategic response to the continuing explosive growth of the Texas A&M System.
Flad Architects (design architect, programming, lab planning), OMNIPLAN (architect of record)