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Houston says 'Howdy!' to Innovation Plaza

​​​HOUSTON – The Texas A&M University System and Medistar Corp. have broken ground on the university’s $500 million campus near the Texas Medical Center.

Texas A&M Innovation Plaza is on five acres at the corner of Holcombe Blvd. and Main St. ​It includes an existing tower and two new ones.

Discovery Tower is an 18-story existing office building at 1020 Holcombe Blvd. Texas A&M purchased the building in 2017 for $145 million. It will house the two-degree EnMed program, which allows students to turn a master’s degree in engineering and a medical degree. Following renovations, opening is set for later this year.

Life Tower is a 19-story, 714-bed student housing tower. Texas A&M medical students and Prairie View A&M University nursing students have priority in the tower. Opening is set for June 2022. 

The 17-story, 485,000-sf Horizon Tower ​will be built atop a 13-story, 2,800-spot parking structure at 6929 Main St. It will include science, clinical, biomedical, technology, and office uses. Delivery is set for January 2024. JLL is handling leasing.

The campus will also feature a plaza, retail, and dining. 

Harvey Builders is building Life Tower and Horizon Tower. 

Medistar is developing the public-private partnership​​​​, which will total $401 million in private investment. American Triple I Partners is part of the financing team. 

Completion is slated for 2024.

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