The University of Incarnate Word (UIW) has officially announced plans to open its medical school at Brooks City Base. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week. UIW President, Louis Agnese said, “Eventually all the pieces came here. I just think it’s wonderful. It’s still part of SAISD, we’re very happy about that, it’s still ten minutes from downtown, we’re very happy about that, and this is the formation of a new medical complex for the city of San Antonio.” The plan involves repurposing seven existing buildings in an area known as The Hill, formerly occupied by The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.
The project will consist of two phases. Phase I includes renovations of three and a half buildings and close to 600 parking spaces on 16 acres. Phase II includes an additional three and a half buildings and parking on 7.5 acres. UIW also anticipates moving their nursing, physicians assistant, and physical therapy programs to the 23-acre complex. The medical school is expected to open in 2016.
The medical school will join over 20 companies that have moved to Brooks City Base including DPT Labratories, Mission Solar, and Mission Trail Baptist Health. Brooks City Base also features a growing number of residential options as well as the Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, a STEM-accredited K-12 charter school.