The Cardwell Collaborative is a 60,000 square foot, $28 million biomedical research and technology commercialization building that was developed by MCA Tech Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary of the MCA Foundation. The building, named after local businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Jack Cardwell, is a three-story, state-of-the-art facility located at the entrance of the MCA Campus – 5130 Gateway Blvd. East, El Paso, Texas 79905. It now stands as an icon, symbolizing the region’s proliferating biomedical community. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on February 19, 2015 and the Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held on June 17, 2016 - after only 16 months of construction.
The Cardwell Collaborative is a “tech park” in one building, bringing together researchers, students and private industry – along with a state-of-the art, highly configurable infrastructure to create biomedical innovations that advance healthcare while creating endless economic opportunities. The expected LEED Silver building features 20,000 square feet of biomedical incubator space (wet-labs, dry-labs, lab support, private offices, open offices and collaboration spaces) in a building that brings private start-up companies and university personnel together under one roof to collaborate. TTUHSC El Paso occupies 20,000 square feet of space with a variety of office-based research and support departments. The other 20,000 square feet are occupied by the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, a branch of the City of El Paso’s Economic Development Department and other for-profit and non-profit companies that support the incubation mission. This space also contains a High Performance Computing room, a high-tech conference center, a lobby that is often used for receptions, a café, a wellness room, a shower room, cage storage and other supporting spaces.
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