Houston Business Journal names science, allied health building Landmark Award finalist

04.03.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

The San Jacinto College South Campus science and allied health building has been named as one of three 2014 Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards finalists in the medical category.

Houston Business Journal’s annual Landmark Awards recognize real estate projects that make a significant impression on the Houston landscape. This year, more than 100 projects were nominated by Houston professionals. Award-winning projects are marked by excellence in land planning, design, construction, economics, marketing, and management. These awards honor the projects that become "landmarks," improving the look, feel, and image of the city.

“The science and allied health building definitely adds visual impact on Beamer Road in the Southeast Houston area,” said Bryan Jones, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor of facilities and construction. “The design and technology in the building reflect a newer, more sophisticated San Jacinto College. This is really one of the best allied health education facilities in the country.”

Funded by a 2008 bond referendum that provided $295 million for new facilities and renovations at all three San Jacinto College campuses, the South Campus’ 155,000 square foot three-story science and allied health facility provides students a modern learning environment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and health care education. The building’s simulation center boasts a mock emergency room/intensive care space and four new Laerdal Sim manikins that enable students to experience simulated standard and emergency scenarios, from basic pupillary responses to labor and delivery.

“San Jacinto College is honored to be recognized for a facility that defines what our institution is about – student success,” said Dr. Alexander Okwonna, South Campus dean of allied health. “Our faculty worked collaboratively with the architects and builders to create a facility that meets the current demand for health care, while anticipating the future of medicine for many years to come. This innovative facility provides cutting-edge training and addresses the needs of the community that we serve.”

Along with the natural science programs, allied health programs housed in the facility include vocational nursing, associate degree nursing (ADN) mobility, pharmacy technology, and the physical therapy assistant program. The Greater Houston Partnership estimates that Houston will add 7,900 health care jobs this year alone. With 60,000 people moving to Houston each year, along with the estimated 32 million Americans who will receive health insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act this year (Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies), the need for health care services and employment continues to rise. The Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS) also estimates that between 2005 and 2020, the demand for registered nurses in Texas will rise by 86 percent, yet the supply will only grow by 53 percent without better recruiting, education, and training.

As part of these efforts, beginning Fall 2014, San Jacinto College nursing students will have a pathway to a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) degree from the University of Houston- Clear Lake (UHCL). The program is didactic, meaning the clinical aspect of nursing will be completed at San Jacinto College before attending UHCL. It allows RNs to sharpen their managerial and leadership skills and to advance as nurse managers in health care organizations.

The winning projects will be announced in the April 25 edition of the Houston Business Journal. For more information about the HBJ Landmark Awards, visit bizjournals.com/Houston.



About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


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