Skanska, a leading global construction and development company, in partnership with Tyler-based HGR General Contractors, has broken ground on the University of Texas at Tyler’s Medical Education Building in Tyler, East Texas. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and the project is the UT System’s seventh medical school in Northeast Texas. The Medical Education Building will support interdisciplinary education for graduate medical students, resident training, and nursing, and will aid as part of a medical education program expansion throughout the UT Health East Texas Health System.

The building process for the five-story, nearly 23,040-m2 (248,000-sf) facility has now started, and the opening is slated for March 2025. The new building will provide outpatient and specialty clinical services with exam rooms, specimen collection/processing, and imaging facilities. The Medical Education Building combines two of Skanska’s specialties, healthcare, and education. It is an honor for Skanska to partner with UT Tyler and build this state-of-the-art facility that will have a significant impact on the education and subsequent health of the region, says Dennis Yung, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Skanska North Texas.

UT Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP, said, “This is an enormous milestone for UT Tyler and for all of East Texas. We are excited to take the next step in creating a physical home for the School of Medicine, and on behalf of UT Tyler, I want to thank the UT System and the East Texas community for the continued support of our healthcare education advancements.”

The Medical Education Building will serve as part of the UT Health East Texas Health System and support the expansion of medical education programs throughout the region. It will enable UT Tyler to provide top-quality medical education to its students and prepare them to work in the healthcare industry. In addition, the building will have an important impact on the local community by providing outpatient and specialty clinical services to the people of Tyler and the surrounding areas.

Skanska is known for its expertise in building high-quality healthcare and education facilities. The company has a proven track record of delivering complex projects on time and on budget while meeting the highest standards of quality and safety. The partnership between Skanska and HGR General Contractors brings together the expertise of two experienced and highly respected construction companies to deliver a world-class facility that will have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people in East Texas.

The Medical Education Building will be a state-of-the-art facility that will feature the latest in medical technology and equipment. It will provide students with access to advanced simulation labs, virtual reality technology, and other cutting-edge tools to prepare them for the challenges of the healthcare industry. The building will also have a large auditorium, classrooms, and conference rooms to facilitate collaborative learning and research.

In addition to providing top-quality medical education, the Medical Education Building will create new jobs in Tyler and the surrounding areas. The construction of the building will generate hundreds of jobs for local workers, and the new outpatient and specialty clinical services will create additional employment opportunities. The building will also attract talented medical professionals to the region and provide a boost to the local economy.