Renovations continue on the Jesse H. Jones Library, a staple of education and research inside the Texas Medical Center, and one of the oldest buildings standing there today.
Originally built in the 1950s, with the back half of the building and parking garage added in the 1970s, UTHealth acquired the library building in the summer of 2016 and has been in the process of updating and renovating the structure ever since. In January of 2018, an entire roof replacement was completed while all of the elevators were modernized inside the building in December 2018.
The most recent project to be completed is a complete redesign and renovation of the building’s second floor. The floor, which was empty prior to the renovation, now allows for the office space of up to 186 McGovern Medical School faculty and staff members, along with seven conference rooms of various sizes.
Renovation projects currently in progress include a total overhaul of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems as well as the renovation of the Texas Medical Center Library located on the first floor. Installation is also ongoing for the new Texas Emergency Medicine Research Center and the Epilepsy Institute on the fourth floor. Renovations for additional space for Internal Medicine will begin on the Street Level of the building once the swing space is vacated.
Barring any setbacks, the library and the remainder of the infrastructure improvements should be completed in December 2020.