MCA Tech Park Team
MCA Tech Park, Inc. is pleased and excited to announce the team that it has formed to develop the MCA Biomedical Research and Tech Building:
Broaddus & Associates – Project Manager
PhiloWilke Partnership – Architect
Vaughn Construction – Construction Manager at Risk
TBD – Commissioning Agent
TBD – Materials Testing
Biomedical Research & Technology Park
The MCA Foundation is focused on efforts to develop a biomedical research and technology park where research related to our community’s healthcare niche needs will take place. The 11.7-acre site is located near the intersection of Gateway East and Colfax -- south of Interstate 10, north of the railroad tracks and about two blocks east of Raynolds Street.
Key to establishing the park is the development of a biomedical research and technology building, also called "MCA Tech Building." This building will house office suites, principal investigator offices, incubator space, laboratories, core research elements, prototyping laboratories and/or machine shop facilities, and flex space that can be built out for specific tenants’ needs. Tenants may include public, private, for-profit and nonprofit researchers who will be poised to collaborate with regional institutions to discover medical breakthroughs and to move them from "bench to bedside." This state-of-the-art facility will be the first of a series of at least three buildings developed in the research park.
How do we get there?
In September 2010, the Foundation hired the Hammes Company and E-Cubed Ventures as consultants on the creation of a three-phase strategic business plan that will include:
Phase I - Research Park Vision and Compact - to craft a shared vision and working commitment to grow a research park on 12 acres of land currently owned by the City of El Paso
Phase II - Research and Technology Translational Strategy – to define the mission, structure and operating functions of the research and technology center as an anchor and “innovation bridge” for the research park
Phase III - Biomedical Tech Center Business Plan – to specify the technology center building development, organizational and financial management requirements for the use in implementation
Phase IV – Design and launch of the BioMedical Institute of the Americas (BMIA) >>read about the BMIA
FEBRUARY 10-18, 2011
(Phase I) Vision and Compact meetings for the development of a biomedical research park occurred Feb. 10-18, 2011. Here is a powerpoint presentation that summarizes the outcomes of those meetings. >>Powerpoint Presentation summary
MAY 5, 2011
(Phase II) On May 5, 2011, the MCA Foundation and E-Cubed Ventures held meetings with MCA stakeholders, such as UTEP, NMSU, TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, to gain consensus on how we move forward as a region with achieving our goals toward forming a biosciences cluster.
MAY 24-25, 2011
(Phase II) "Bio-competencies mapping" sessions took place May 24 and 25. The sessions involved careful interviews with scientists and reseachers throughout the region.
JULY 15, 2011
(Phase II) The May 5th meetings and mapping sessions culminated in a meeting on July 15 where the MCA Foundation gathered a group of more than 50 life sciences leaders and stakeholders from across the region to gain an understanding of our current status as a life sciences community. It is also when a series of proposals were recommended by E-Cubed that will give organization, structure and a platform for success to the region's fledgling life sciences pipeline for taking translational research to the marketplace.
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
The Board of Directors of the newly formed MCA Tech Park Inc. took place Nov. 14, 2012. MCA Tech Park Inc. will oversee development and maintenance of the 11.7 acres of land located at Gateway East and Colfax. This section of land, which is located within the MCA campus footprint, is being designated as El Paso's biomedical research and technology park, more succinctly named MCA Tech Park. >>read about the MCA Tech Park
MARCH 20, 2012
Organizers of the BioMedical Institute of the Americas (BMIA) held its first meeting Mar. 20, 2012. At that meeting, the body set a vision for itself and made official the BMIA's next steps for creating the Translational Research Collaborative, the Incubation Center, and the Competitiveness Group. The BMIA is expected to be the life-blood of the MCA Tech Building.
JULY 23, 2012
The BMIA opened five high level positions to lead the new BMIA. The following positions were opened: Executive Director of the BMIA, Director of the BMIA's Translational Research Collaborative, Director of the BMIA's Incubation Center, Director of the BMIA's Competitiveness Group, and Coordinator of the BMIA's Clinical Trials Network.
AUGUST 13, 2012
After issuing a logo design contest in June, the MCA Foundation publicly debuted the official logo mark of the BMIA, allowing the creation of a corporate identity and marketing materials for the BMIA as well as for the MCA's new Tech Park and Tech Building.
FEBRUARY 14, 2013
The MCA Foundation publicly debuted its plans to develop the region's first biomedical research and technology park. The meeting drew about 60 people. >> Click here to read more.