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TCU School of Medicine designs 100,000-sq.ft. building for new campus

Texas Christian University’s vision for an innovative medical school is closer to reality with the announcement of its first large-scale, off-campus development for the TCU School of Medicine to be designed by the architectural partnership of CO Architects and Hoefer Welker, along with engineer and landscape architect Dunaway.

Located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Near Southside District, the medical school offers a curriculum that focuses on the future of medicine, medical knowledge, communication skills, empathy, compassion, and lifelong learning. The design of the TCU School of Medicine building will support the training of excellent physicians who are prepared for the vast advances in medicine and who are patient- and family-centered.

The TCU School of Medicine is having a truly exponential impact on our community. Our Horned Frog medical students are benefitting from an exceptional educational experience, the vast clinical expertise and growing medical industry in our area. The TCU School of Medicine is already contributing to the health of our neighbors and the greater good.

Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

Construction will begin this year on the four-story, approximately 100,000-square-foot medical education building at the northeast corner of South Henderson and West Rosedale streets. As the initial phase for the new campus, it will be the academic hub for 240 medical students and hundreds of faculty and staff. Completion is planned for the fall semester in 2024, and additional facilities are part of the overall master plan for the campus.

The building design will reflect the TCU School of Medicine’s pedagogical approach toward medical education. We are inspired by TCU’s vision to create both an inclusive and welcoming academic home for its students, faculty and staff, and a magnet for the greater Fort Worth community.

Jonathan Kanda, FAIA, Principal at Los Angeles-based CO Architects.

TCU School of Medicine opened with a class of 60 students in July 2019. To accommodate TCU’s forward-thinking approach to medical education, the design includes flipped classrooms without lectures and spaces that enable students to partner with physicians from their first day in medical school. This provides students more time to embrace and study the major drivers in the future of medicine, including artificial intelligence, genomics, and technology monitoring patient health and disease.

This amazing team has been collaborating to deliver a ‘New Kind of Medical School’ for TCU that will benefit learning and training opportunities for students and advance partnerships with hospitals, health care organizations and biotech industries.

Travis Leissner, AIA, Associate Principal at Dallas/Fort Worth-based Hoefer Welker.