Can multi-disciplinary research collaboration be inspired through design?

Texas A&M Health Science Center MREB 2 Bryan, Texas


  • Education
  • Research
  • Healthcare
  • Science


171,000 SF

The new Medical Research and Education Building Expansion Project (MREB-2) houses state-of-the-art laboratories for the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. The project includes a 48,200 SF vertical expansion to the existing Medical Research & Education Building (MREB-1) and a new 122,800 SF, connected building. Designed in collaboration with FLAD Architects, the new spaces include vivaria, BSL-3 labs, a 200-seat teaching lab and associated support facilities and office space to support the diverse research activities of Texas A&M University's Health Science Center.

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Adaptive Space

The goal of the project was to provide flexibility and agility in the laboratory design capable of adapting to the changing science teams and research typology. With this goal in mind, the spaces respond to the needs of the researchers, students, and faculty they serve with movable casework, flexible partitions, and mobile workstations that are quickly and easily reconfigurable, allowing the building to continuously evolve.

Building Plans
  • Site Plan
  • Section
  • First Floor
  • Second Floor
  • Third Floor
  • Fourth Floor
Design Considerations

MREB-2 is designed to encourage maximum interaction between the diverse user groups of the building. Intersections at the core of each level provide the opportunity for collaboration as well as direct access to daylight and scenic views of the adjacent wooded ravine. The building's exterior is designed to reflect the forms and materials of the existing campus' architecture.


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