A&M Health Science Center in Bryan a Reality

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It was a big day Wednesday for the city of Bryan.

Texas A&M and city officials broke ground on the new health science center located on Highway 47 in west Bryan.

The new state of the art campus will house health academic programs and administration that is currently located throughout Bryan and College Station.

"They've always had A&M and we didn't," Bryan Mayor Mark Conlee said. "Now we both have A&M and we're excited about that."

Bryan officials hope the $130 million facility puts the city on the map.

"I think Bryan has a lot to be proud of," Royce Hickman with the Bryan and College Station Chamber of Commerce said.

The campus will help with development of Bryan's west side and bring in an estimated $1 billion in two years, but in actuality the campus is right on the edge of College Station, making it beneficial for both cities.

"Having an academic health center here will allow us to attract specialties and depth of specialties that we perhaps haven't had," Dr. Nancy Dickey, the President of the A&M Health Science Center said. "It allows us to bring facilities, including state of the art research."

120 students are expected to attend the college of medicine a year, the new college of nursing will have about 60 students. Plus, research students, faculty and staff will make up a booming campus.

For area residents it means better healthcare, closer to home.

"Even your family doctors will be associated with them and he will be learning all the new things and so you won't have to travel anywhere to get world class healthcare," Conlee said. "It will be right here in Bryan."

"Sometimes today if medicine doesn't have the right answer and you need a research project you may have to drive to Houston or Dallas to get that," Dickey said. "That should eventually occur right on this campus."

Construction is expected to start by May and classes are expected to begin in July 2010.

The campus is being built on land that was donated by the city.

The new Texas A&M Health Science Center is expected to attract related industries to Bryan, such as research/development, assisted-living and biomedical-related retail.