The University of Texas System’s search for a firm providing a comprehensive physical plan for a medical school in the Valley appears to be nearing a final selection this November.
The UT System has been planning to establish a medical school linked to Project South Texas, a new university initiative being developed by UT. A transitional leadership was announced not long ago for the foreseen transition period when UT Pan American and UT Brownsville join together under a single institution, which has not been named.
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was released by the UT System on August 30th of this year, which includes the instructions to be followed by the selected firm. The due date is set to September 26, with a deadline for the completion of an agreement on November 15, followed by a presentation of plans to the UT System’s Board of Regents.
Firms that have shown interest in the RFQ include local businesses in cities such as McAllen, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Austin and Brownsville. Companies in cities outside of texas are located in San Diego, Las Vegas, New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston.
Also included in the RFQ are specifications is a note regarding holding the negotiations for the initial fee for services until the completion of the agreement. According to the document, the plan’s total cost “will be determined at a later based on selection of a site for the campus and outcome from master planning studies.”
Once the firm is selected by the UT System, it will be operating according to the system’s new guidelines for the campus, and will be working with UTPA, UTB, as well as the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. The first class of students are expected to enrol in the fall of 2015, and will complete their studies under UTHSCSA accreditation during the development of the institution.
The chosen firm will be recommending repurposing of available assets, contribute to the accreditation of the medical school, offer schemes for technology and telecommunications, and facility programming for new structures, and producing cost estimates.
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