South Texas Medical Academic Building
University of Texas Health Science Center

Muñoz & Company designed the South Texas Medical Academic Building for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Edinburg, Texas. This facility is the first medical classroom building on campus and is the vital first step in establishing a new medical school campus in South Texas. The 88,363 SF Academic Building will support collaborative learning through design of flexible classrooms and lecture halls, and will reinforce bi-lingual education. The new Medical Academic Building will feature a state-of-the-future digital anatomy teaching facility.

The strong and simple architecture in the spirit of Louis Kahn and Kenneth Bentsen is one of symbolic and iconic design and pays homage to buildings that are simultaneously spiritual and technical. The physical expression is an important step on the journey to building a new university and medical school that will prepare students for global leadership positions. The architecture focuses on the rich cultural traditions found in the valley and is in context with the campus and the Regional Academic Health Center. Ultimately, the design strengthens the original design vocabulary of the campus and interprets the landscape of South Texas, solidifying the mission and linkage to the Academic Learning and Teaching Center in San Antonio.

Edinburg, Texas

Relationship with Owner
Since 1960

Final Construction Cost

Project Size
88,363 GSF

Construction Type

Design Start
October 2013

Design Finish
October 2015

Construction Notice to Proceed
December 2015

Substantial Completion
December 2015 (projected)

Firm’s Responsibility
Prime Architect

Delivery Method
CM at Risk

Project Designer
Geof Edwards, AIA, LEED AP

Project Architect
Rob Reiter, AIA

Project Manager
Jessica Soliz, AIA

MEP: Shah Smith
Structural/Civil: Intelligent Engineering  Services
IT/AV/Telecom: Combs Consulting
Landscape: SSP Designer, LLP

Vaughn Construction

– Brick Industry Association, Brick in Architecture Award, Bronze, 2021
– Honorable Mention, San Antonio Chapter of the AIA, 2017
– Honor Award, Lower Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the AIA, 2017

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