UT Health Center Groundbreaking

The UT Health Center at Tyler is adding a new, state-of-the-art facility to study infectious diseases that affect East Texans. The new wing will almost double the size of the Center for Biomedical Research. Members of the UT Health System and public officials broke ground today for the $11.5-million structure. The new wing will have Biosafety Level 3 labs to analyze dangerous bacteria. The center's president says the new facility will provide more than just medical benefits.

"It's going to help preserve jobs in East Texas and it's going to bring federal dollars to East Texas, which will benefit our economy enormously," said Dr. Kirk Calhoun, UTHCT president.

Money from tuition revenue bonds is funding the expansion. Construction is scheduled to be complete next fall.

Julie Tam, reporting.