San Antonio-based Bartlett Cocke General Contractors recently topped out the new clinical practice home for The UT Health Science Center and conducted a tour of for media and local officials. The facility will be called the Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC) at the UT Health Science Center and will feature 256,000 square feet of clinical and research space and an 860-car parking garage. The project, located at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive in San Antonio, TX (the corner of Charles Katz and Floyd Curl Drive), and will be completed in summer 2009.
The MARC is the 30th healthcare and research-related building, and the sixth in San Antonio's medical center that Bartlett Cocke General Contractors has successfully delivered in South Texas in the last 20 years.
Randy Pawelek, CEO and president of Bartlett Cocke, said, "What we have here in the MARC is a structure of steel, concrete and glass. As contractors, we live to build them. It's our job. And to 'top' them out is a highlight of our job." He continued, "But it turns out that we, the builders, are only the means, not the end, and only a fraction of the means at that. For what this structure of steel, concrete, and glass really provides is a new horizon in health care; a new facility shaped not by steel and concrete, but by the vision and dedication of designers, researchers, doctors, nurses and staff, in their sophisticated pursuit of improving health and well-being. To this end, we, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, are grateful to be a part of the MARC family."
The MARC will feature a leading-edge information system (electronic medical records) that will make the appointment experience easier and better for not just the patient, but every doctor or nurse who ever deals with them. The MARC also will feature a new, fully automated clinical information system to allow for efficient and timely patient communication.
With an operating budget of $576 million, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. The Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3-billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio's economy and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen, and Edinburg.
Since 1959, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors has grown steadily to become the largest commercial building contractor in San Antonio and the 7th largest building contractor in the state of Texas.