(BRYAN, TX) — It was all smiles under hard hats Wednesday as the Texas A&M Health Science Center and City of Bryan hosted a joint flag raising at the new HSC-Bryan campus.

Surrounded by heavy machinery and dozens of construction workers, Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., President of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for the Texas A&M University System, joined D. Mark Conlee, Mayor of the City of Bryan, for the ceremonial event as the A&M System makes its first permanent physical presence in the city. They were flanked by top administrators from each organization and key project personnel.

The A&M System Board of Regents approved the allocation of about 200 acres along State Highway 47adjacent to Traditions Club Golf Course to the health science center in December 2006, having earlier accepted the $6.6 million land gift from the City of Bryan. Fifty of these acres will be for health-related public-private partnerships and facilities. A construction contract has been awarded to Houston-based Satterfield and Pontikes Construction Inc.

The new Bryan location will ultimately allow the health science center to consolidate its academic programs and administration currently located throughout Bryan and College Station onto a single campus. The first two buildings – the Health Professions Education Building and the Medical Research and Education Building – are scheduled to open in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

City of Bryan and health science center officials said the new campus would provide an estimated economic benefit to the city of $1 billion for 2010 alone.

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