Can multi-disciplinary research collaboration be inspired through design?

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


  • Education
  • Research
  • Health
  • Science


171,000 SF

The new Medical Research and Education Building Expansion Project (MREB-2) will house 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 will 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 is to provide flexibility and agility in the laboratory design that is capable of adapting to the changing science teams and research typology. With this goal in mind, the new 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.

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.