Facility master planning at the University of Texas Medical Branch is a continuing process based on assessments of the internal and external environment. The planning objectives for the Facility Master Plan include developing an easily accessible campus and develop a phasing plan to allow replacement of older facilities as necessary to better accommodate the university’s functions (2). For academic facilities, the plan calls for maximizing the use of teaching space through flexible facilities that address the needs of changing curriculum and curriculum delivery methods such as distance education.
Facilities supporting UTMB’s teaching, research, and service mission include:
The Administration Building houses the University Police, Human Resources, and major administrative offices, including the Office of the President, Dean of Medicine, University Advancement, and Public Affairs, and the Office of Community Health Services.
Allied Health Sciences and Nursing Building
Dedicated in 1986, the 150,000-square-foot building houses the School of Allied Health Sciences and the School of Nursing classrooms; study, conference, and research areas; laboratories; and offices for administration, support services, and faculty. It also contains the Learning Resource Center, which includes two computer lab classrooms, a carrel room with individual study stations, an audio duplication area and group study rooms, and the Nursing Simulation Center (skills lab). The fourth floor houses the offices of each school’s dean and the F. Marie Hall Community Room, used for meetings, receptions, and seminars. The first floor houses four lecture halls and a cafeteria.
Alumni Field House
Dedicated in 1969, UTMB’s Alumni Field House has undergone a number of improvements throughout the years. Today, in addition to a Junior Olympic-sized outdoor pool, an all-weather jogging track, tennis courts and two baseball fields, the Field House includes a modern indoor facility with stair steppers, treadmills, and stationary bicycles, an indoor track, a new aerobics area, basketball and racquetball courts, and a weight room with pin-operated, plated loaded and free weight machines. The UTMB Health Promotion Program is also housed in the Field House, along with a sports medicine/disease management area. In spring 2004, the latest expansion was completed adding another 10,000 square feet of space for additional strength and cardiovascular equipment. A full schedule of classes, including step aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and indoor cycling, is offered on a daily basis at no additional charge to members. Adjacent to the Field House is a major sports field with ball diamonds, outside tennis courts, and a walking track. The Field House is open 7 days per week, 362 days per year.
Ashbel Smith Building “Old Red”
Completed in 1891, the Ashbel Smith Building housed the entire medical school when it first opened. Recognized for its ornate, Romanesque style, the building is known informally today as “Old Red” because of its ruddy exterior. Extensively renovated in the late 1980s, the building was rededicated in 1986 and today houses the registrar’s and student admissions offices, the School of Medicine Alumni Association office, the Institute for the Medical Humanities (including support staff for the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine), one of the school’s original amphitheaters, and, on the top floor, the anatomy laboratory.
Campus Parking Facilities and Surface Lots
UTMB has eight high rise parking facilities and more than 45 surface parking lots (approximately 6,200 parking spaces) located at appropriate access points on the campus for student, faculty, staff and patients/visitors. There are areas dedicated to each of the user groups.
This six-story facility offers students educational opportunities in pediatric inpatient units, an outpatient pediatric multi-specialty clinic, research, and a pediatric telemedicine program that provides care to children with chronic medical problems for whom travel to Galveston is difficult.
Clinical Sciences Building
The Clinical Sciences Building functions as a patient care and educational facility providing areas for Radiology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pharmacy along with other hospital ancillary departments. The type of space ranges from office, hospital laboratories to direct patient care areas. Also contained in the building is a major auditorium used for teaching and faculty assemblies that seats over 300.
Jennie Sealy Hospital
Jennie Sealy houses the Sealy Center on Aging and the UTMB Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center as well as classrooms and meeting rooms.
John Sealy Hospital and John Sealy Annex
The central hospital of UTMB’s inpatient care complex, the current John Sealy Hospital was completed in 1978. With 365 beds, the 12-story hospital includes single patient rooms and specialized intensive care units. The 12th floor houses support area for medical residents. The John Sealy Annex, originally constructed in 1954, provides support areas (i.e., classrooms, conference, office areas, and laboratory space) for the School of Medicine departments and other hospital clinical departments.
Initially opened in 1925 as the Laboratory Building, the Keiller Building was renovated in 1995 to serve as home to the Department of Pathology, UTMB’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases, and the UTMB Center for Biodefense.
Lee Hage Jamail Student Center
The student center encompasses 19,000 square feet and was built entirely with private contributions. It was completed in 1996 and is the first dedicated center for student activities on the UTMB campus. The first floor provides meeting and dining areas suitable for meals, parties, lectures and films. The second floor is comprised of administration offices, reception and waiting rooms, large and small conference rooms, student organization offices, and student lockers. The third floor includes rooms for study, television, games and reading.
Levin Hall is headquarters for the university’s AT&T Center for Telehealth Research and Policy, part of the UTMB Electronic Health Network that combines computers and audiovisual technology to allow UTMB experts to see and treat patients in remote settings. Telehealth has been used by UTMB to treat such diverse populations as cruise ship passengers, workers on offshore oil rigs, employees of a local corporation, seniors and chronically ill children in rural Texas, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates. Levin Hall is also the primary location of UTMB’s biocommunications services. Included are a copy center and photographic and media production services. Recently, two 50-person seminar rooms were added to the second floor. A main gathering place on the UTMB campus, Levin Hall is best known for its large auditorium. With two smaller side auditoria that can be rotated to join the main auditorium, the facility can seat 1,000 and is the venue for a number of campus events, from scientific symposia to music concerts. Opened in 1981 as the Learning Center and named in 1987 in honor of Dr. William C. Levin, former UTMB president, the building also houses the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, a dining room and the Graduate School administrative offices.
Libbie Moody Thompson Basic Science Building
Dedicated in 1971, the five-story Basic Science Building is functions as a research facility, hosting such programs as the NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology. The second floor contains a 106-seat auditorium that is used for educational activities.
Marvin Graves Building
The Marvin Graves Building was constructed in 1931 as the State Psychopathic Hospital and enlarged in 1936. Although located on the UTMB campus, it was administered independent of the school until 1945 when the state legislature gave it to the university. It currently houses the Patient Simulation Center, where health professions students can gain hands-on experience in a high-realism/low-risk environment by interacting with trained standardized patients or using a variety of sophisticated computer simulators that mimic real-life medical conditions. New teaching labs, small group classrooms, and academic program offices were completed in 2000.
Mary Moody Northen Pavilion
Dedicated in 1983, the five-story Mary Moody Northen Pavilion was initially constructed as a psychiatry facility. It was remodeled in 2000 to serve as a laboratory research facility with the ground floor being dedicated to classrooms used to teach the medical school curriculum.
Maurine Ewing Hall
Ewing Hall houses the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and Environment Health and Toxicology. The ground floor houses a mariculture tank system for cephalopod production and smaller systems to hold wild collected squid and nautilus for medical research studies.
Moody Medical Library
Housed in its own five-story building in the center of campus, UTMB’s research library occupies 50,520 square feet of space for research, stacks, storage, work, and study. An adjacent storage annex provides an additional 16,363 square feet of storage and workspace. A combination of study tables, study carrels, and lounge furniture provides seating space for more than 579 clients in reading rooms, small group study rooms, stack areas, and training facilities. Three small group study rooms are available, and 16 locked study carrels are available for graduate students and faculty working on extended research projects. The library maintains an electronic classroom with 12 workstations used primarily for library orientation and instructional purposes. An additional 68 workstations are equipped with standard productivity software and Internet access is available on the library’s second floor. A separate online student testing facility within the Library houses 60 personal computer workstations. When not scheduled for online student testing, the facility is available for classroom instruction and general purpose use by students, faculty, and staff.
The Library was constructed in 1972 and has received upgrades within the last five years for networking and electrical equipment, selected furnishings, and computer laboratory equipment. Plans are currently being developed for a comprehensive renovation of the Library’s physical facilities to include upgrades to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and environmental systems as well as furnishing and storage systems. A preliminary renovation was completed in 2005 that incorporated the University book store and a coffee shop into the Library’s ground floor space.
Open Gates Conference Center
Built for Galveston merchant, banker and philanthropist George Sealy and his wife, Magnolia Willis Sealy, the home known as Open Gates, located in a mixed residential-business area, has been adaptively restored to serve as a state-of-the-art conference center.
The Pharmacology Building houses the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, faculty and classroom spaces, and a state-of-the-art computer lab for image analysis, P3 containment facility appropriate for research on hazardous biological and chemical agents, molecular biology facilities, equipment for specialized techniques such as liquid chromatography, and dual wavelength spectrofluorometry.
Primary Care Pavilion
With almost 170,000 square feet, the Primary Care Pavilion (PCP) is the home of UTMB’s primary care services. It includes 147 exam rooms, 21 waiting areas and 11 procedure rooms, as well as laboratories, private consultation rooms, conference areas, and patient education rooms. UTMB’s Harborside Medical Group, Wellness Continuum, and Stark Diabetes Center are all located within this facility. The Family Medicine Department has two classrooms located on the second floor that are used for teaching both students and staff on the UTMB campus.
R. Waverley Smith Pavilion
Initially dedicated in 1953, the R. Waverley Smith Pavilion underwent a major renovation in 1995 and today houses the university’s gynecological, obstetrical, and newborn nursery services, including the university’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Rebecca Sealy Hospital
Originally, a hospital operated by the Sisters of Charity, Rebecca Sealy was acquired by UTMB in 1996. The facility houses the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and Inpatient Unit, the Day Surgery Unit, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, and the Orthopedic Clinic. Other academic and service programs located in Rebecca Sealy include Research Services (Sponsored Programs, Research Education, Research Compliance, Research Subject Protections, Animal Resources Center, and Research Technology Support), the Department of Legal Affairs, and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. The first floor area contains a series of conference meeting facilities that serve a variety of campus functions including educational activities. Also, in the building are dedicated teaching room for both the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Psychiatry. A substation of the Galveston Post Office is located on the first floor.
The circa 1859 Henry Rosenberg House was built by one of 19th-century Galveston’s most prominent business leaders. After the original owners died, the home suffered several decades of neglect before being purchased by The Sealy & Smith Foundation and donated to UTMB in 1989. Today, following extensive restoration, it serves as a meeting and hospitality facility for the university.
Shriners Burns Hospital
Operated by the Shriners of North America, the Shriners Burns Hospital provides free treatment to pediatric burn patients from around the globe and is one of only a few such centers in the world today. Dedicated in 1992, the $40 million facility replaced an earlier hospital which opened on the UTMB campus in 1966 as the first Shriners Burns Institute in the United States.
Student Housing Facilities
UTMB has a variety of student housing consisting of residence halls, apartments, and fraternity houses located across the campus. These facilities contain 257 units and their ages range from the mid 1950’s through the early 1980’s. The current campus capital master plan includes a student housing project that consists of the construction of approximately 150,000 gross square feet of replacement student housing These new facilities will replace existing campus housing facilities constructed in the mid-1950s (the residence halls), which will be decommissioned and demolished.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital
Opened in 1983, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital is the state’s major provider of inmate health care and is the only hospital in the nation affiliated with a university and dedicated exclusively to prisoners. The facility includes intensive care and telemetry beds, general medical and surgical units, and an outpatient clinic where UTMB specialists see more than 24,500 patients annually. The hospital also contains several rooms equipped for telemedicine consultations.
Truman Graves Blocker, Jr., Medical Research Building
Dedicated initially in 1991 as a $25 million structure of four completed floors and three shelled floors, the Medical Research Building today is a 11 story $58.6 million state-of-the-art research tower that supports numerous multidisciplinary programs. The building contains more than 270,000 square feet of research space, conference rooms and offices. Construction of the building was accomplished in two phases; the second phase, which included the completion of the three shelled floors and the construction of four additional floors, was dedicated in 1995. The building also is linked at two levels to the adjacent Libbie Moody Thompson Basic Science Building.
University Hospital Clinics
The University Hospital Clinics building provides more than 200,000 square feet of modern treatment areas that offer multiple educational opportunities for health profession students. The seven-story structure opened in 1983 and consolidated the location and services of 13 major UTMB clinics and 40 subspecialty clinics.
Services and Resources
Through its Classroom and Technical Services unit (CTS), UTMB’s Academic Resources division contributes to the university’s teaching, research, and service missions by providing meeting space and teaching/presentation technology services consistent with the current and evolving needs of the students, faculty, and staff. CTS staff assist members of the campus community in scheduling and reserving 44 institutional class and conference rooms and in providing audiovisual and presentation equipment and technical staff assistance. Scheduling services are available via the Academic Resources web site (3). Videotaping and editing services also are available. Videoconferencing capabilities for distance education are in place in the four major lecture halls and one classroom in the School of Allied Health Sciences/School of Nursing Building. Highly skilled technical staff are available upon request to operate equipment or deliver and set up equipment to specific classroom locations. Dedicated help phones located near podiums are provided for faculty to quickly summon technical assistance.
Classroom teaching equipment and control configurations are standardized to make it easier for faculty to move from one facility to the next. UTMB’s ten major teaching auditoria are equipped with a lectern or podium with a stationary microphone and a wireless lavaliere microphone, light and an AMX push-button control for teaching equipment. Each podium has an IBM-compatible personal computer running the Windows XP Professional operating system and linked to the campus network with 100Mb connections. Computers are equipped with Zip, DVD, CD-ROM, and floppy drives, and USB connectors are located conveniently on the podium surface along with an auxiliary network connection for laptop computers. Other installed equipment includes videotape recorder/player, document camera, digital data projector, projection screen, chalk, or white boards. Most auditoria have wireless network access ports and many have audience response system capability.
All but seven of the smaller classrooms have the same computing equipment that is available in major auditoria. CTS staff are increasing the installed base of teaching equipment in smaller classrooms each year and provide an extensive array of equipment that can be delivered upon request. This includes data projectors, laptop computers, overhead projectors, slide projectors, public address systems, audience response systems, laser pointers.
Academic Technology Infrastructure
Technology is tightly integrated into UTMB’s teaching, learning, and research environments. UTMB’s information resources strategic plan calls for the deployment and upgrade of appropriate information technology to ensure that evolving technologies are available. Responsibility for the teaching, learning, and research technology infrastructure is shared among Information Services, Academic Computing, and the UTMB Electronic Health Network. The following elements comprise that infrastructure:
Gigabit Ethernet – UTMB has a state-of-the-art high-speed campus network with a 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone and switched 10/100/1000 Mb/sec Ethernet on campus with a 622 Mb/sec OC-12 link to the internet. UTMB is connected to the Internet 2 through the same link.
Computer labs – UTMB provides general purpose computer labs in the Library, the LRC and in the Jamail Student Center. Additional departmental labs are available in some departments and provide access to institutional standard hardware and software as well as equipment and applications tailored to specific discipline requirements. Institutionally supported equipment is replaced every three years with new hardware and software.
Network access from dorms and off campus – UTMB provides high-speed network connectivity to dorms. All rooms have switched 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports available for student use. Students and faculty working from off-campus may use virtual private network software to obtain high-speed access to institutional applications via the internet or may use dial-access through the campus modem pool.
WebCT learning and course management system – UTMB’s web-based course delivery system is regularly upgraded and is designated as a mission-critical institutional system. This designation provides a higher level than normal of security, monitoring, and redundancy. The system substantially enhances student learning by expanding and augmenting traditional courses, as well as providing the infrastructure for hybrid courses and fully electronic, web-based courses used in distance education. Approximately 200 courses are delivered each term. Many WebCT courses are augmented with Wimba Voice Tools which allows for audio communications and messaging within the course.
Videoconferencing – UTMB supports distance education by providing videoconferencing equipment in eight of the centrally scheduled classrooms and one portable system. Other facilities also are available, including a television studio for special circumstances. Seating can accommodate from 6 to over 100 students. UTMB is connected via ISDN, public internet, Internet2 and direct connect facilities to numerous other institutions. UTMB has three MCU’s providing multipoint connectivity via any of the above locations. Additionally, there are dozens of smaller systems in conference rooms and offices throughout the campus as well as throughout UTMB’s remote clinics and teaching facilities keeping all the locations connected for two-way videoconferencing. UTMB also maintains Fiberoptic connectivity to VIVX allowing us to send broadcast-quality video to television stations or satellite uplinks for one-way educational programming.
Research Services, located in Rebecca Sealy, helps facilitate the UTMB research mission, from funding identification through project completion, by providing research-specific resources and education; promoting the responsible conduct of research; and advising and assisting with administrative policies and regulations (4). They provide pre- and post-award specialists, assistance with human subjects and animal research compliance, research education, a funding library, and a wide range of forms, guides, tools, and references for researchers at all stages of their research career.
The Office of International Affairs (5) provides visa and immigration support services, credential evaluation, information on English-as-a-Second-Language classes, currency conversion, a directory of immigration attorneys, and pre-arrival information and assistance to foreign students and faculty. A customer survey was initiated in May 2007 and is available on line.
The mission of Student Wellness is to provide effective health and wellness programs and services, personal counseling and crisis intervention, and alcohol and drug awareness and prevention programs that foster student academic and personal success. A 2006 Student Government Association survey of Student Wellness operations has resulted in an action plan for improving services (6).
Office of Student Life
Each year the Office of Student Life leads and facilitates cultural, recreational, and social celebrations, ceremonies, and events for the university community. The office collaborates with students and faculty in the implementation of programs and activities that support students’ personal and professional development, while expanding their learning experiences.
There are over 60 active student organizations at UTMB, most of which are professional and/or discipline-specific. Each year these organizations continue UTMB’s tradition of service, activism, and cultural opportunities by organizing hundreds of projects for the campus and the Galveston community. This involvement helps develop essential life skills, critical thinking, leadership, lifelong learning, and oral and written communication skills. Through additional participation in university related activities, you will discover multicultural and global perspectives, civic and individual responsibility, respect for individuals, a sense of competence, and the capacity to work well with others.
In addition to working with organizations, the Office of Student Life also coordinates or supports the Student Government Association, the yearbook (Syndrome), a classical concert series, an all sports day, and free legal services.