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Houston's $51M research sets engineering on another planeHouston's $51M research sets engineering on another planehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=28682014-10-07T11:14:00Z2014-10-07T00:00:00Z

HOUSTON - The University of Houston (UH) has broken ground on its $51 million Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building (MREB). The 120,000-sf, four-story compound will be built over the next year and is set to open spring 2016.

Officials say the facility will enable UH to increase its annual research spending to $36 million and promote more than $600 million worth of economic activity in Houston alone. It's also a big part of UH's mission to make Houston the "Engineering Capital of the World."

The building will house core facilities that will be shared by researchers from departments around the campus including high-performance computing facilities, a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer lab and imaging facilities.

The building is the latest step in UH's push to become a top-tier research university. Earlier this year, the university announced a $25 million deal aimed at transforming its Energy Research Park into a regional startup hub.

As part of that deal, three private investors came together to form the Texas Collegiate Regional Center and announced they would put up $15 million for a new building at the research park near UH's main campus. That building will house laboratories and startup businesses.

The goal is to create a Gulf Coast version of Silicon Valley, which feeds heavily off Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

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