In October 2018, the UNT Health Science Center completed the five-story, 173,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building located at 3430 Camp Bowie Blvd.
The first floor of the new facility is home to a two-story open-volume lobby space that sits directly adjacent to and showcases the new Healthcare Innovations Lab for the College of Pharmacy. Also located on the first floor are a full-service kitchen and café space called The Torched Apron Grill, a student lounge area, a 10,000-square-foot vivarium, and an open-concept core preparatory laboratory.
The second floor of the building includes two large active-learning-style classrooms, two medium-size active-learning-style classrooms, one small active-learning-style classroom, and 10 collaboration rooms for student breakout sessions and small-group use.
Floors 3 and 4 house the new TCU/UNTHSC School of Medicine with offices, classrooms, and simulation lab space.
Floor 5 hosts two large open-format interdisciplinary research laboratories bordered by ample research support space and directly adjacent to faculty and staff offices.
The new facility also serves to improve the outdoor experience at the site by providing outdoor plazas with site furnishings on both the north and south sides of the building, as well as open green space on the southeast corner of the site at the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Darcy Street.
In addition, renovations to the Alumni Plaza were completed in 2018. The renovations included shade areas, green space, seating areas, and an outdoor kitchen for events. It is another appealing area for collaboration between students, faculty, staff and alumni.
The year-long renovation of the Everett Atrium and Mezzanine was finished in 2018 and created a space where art meets science. Visitors look upward in the three-story Atrium to see a mobile-style mural, suspended from the ceiling depicting UNTHSC team members at work. On the second-floor Mezzanine, plexiglass cases, backed by mural-size photos, display artifacts representing each of the Health Science Center’s schools and colleges.
In the fall of 2017, UNT Health Science Center embarked on the formation of a comprehensive campus master plan, a shared vision for the future that seeks to align the purpose, people, and place of the institution. This alignment will be translated into physical construction and renovation projects in the future. The campus master plan, which was completed in the summer of 2018, pairs aspirational goals with physical implementation, providing a roadmap for the future physical renewal and development of campus. It considers the potential needs for future academic, research, clinical, and supporting spaces necessary to properly support this renewal and growth while creating a distinct and positive campus environment.
Established in 2014, the UNTHSC Community Garden was founded by the Office of Sustainability within Facilities Management. It is an organic garden comprising 35 plots tended by students, staff, faculty, and community members. A portion of the produce is donated to a local food bank or our own student food pantry. The garden is located on campus at 3621 W. Seventh St.