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Texas Christian University breaks ground on medical school for Dallas-Fort Worth region

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Texas Christian University breaks ground on medical school for Dallas-Fort Worth region

When it opens in summer 2024, the Burnett School of Medicine will train 240 medical students.

By Novid Parsi, Contributing Editor | January 17, 2023
Texas Christian University planning medical school for the growing Dallas-Fort Worth region
TCU recently broke ground on the newly named Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University. It is the university’s first major off-campus development. Rendering courtesy CO Architects

Texas Christian University (TCU) has broken ground on the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine, which aims to help meet the expanding medical needs of the growing Dallas-Fort Worth region. 

When it opens in summer 2024, the Burnett School of Medicine will train 240 medical students to become what TCU calls Empathetic Scholars: compassionate physicians who are excellent communicators and have the ability to walk in patients’ shoes, while also exceling in innovative medicine and evolving medical knowledge. Hundreds of faculty and staff members also will work at the school, which will be located in Fort Worth’s medical innovation district in the Near Southside neighborhood, adjacent to downtown.

Created by Los Angeles-based CO Architects, Hoefer Welker’s Dallas-Fort Worth office, and Texas engineering and landscape architecture firm Dunaway, the 95,000-sf Burnett School of Medicine is part of a 5.3-acre extended campus master plan that will include additional facilities. The Burnett School of Medicine is TCU’s first major off-campus development.

“This new home will enable collaborative learning in team-based classrooms, experiential learning in simulated medical environments, and a meaningful, intimate culture in a wide range of community areas and small-group study spaces,” Jonathan Kanda, principal at CO Architects, said in a statement.

In 2019, the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine opened with a class of 60 students. A Fort Worth native, Anne Burnett Marion (1938-2020) was a Texas rancher, philanthropist, and art collector who founded the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. She lived in a Fort Worth home designed by architect I.M. Pei.

On the Building Team:
Owner: Texas Christian University
Design architect and medical education specialist: CO Architects 
Architect of record: Hoefer Welker
Civil and structural engineer and landscape architect: Dunaway 
Building systems engineer: SSR Inc. 
Construction management: Linbeck

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