Doctors Hospital at Renaisance has unveiled to city officials its plans for the proposed $14 million Edinburg Medical Conference Center at Renaissance, but as of press time, they didn’t specify a time for a groundbreaking or completion date. Councilmembers heard a presentation by the Warren Group, principal architect of the facility, at the most recent meeting of the City Council on June 16.
Architects say they are offering a medical conference facility that provides a “center of excellence, education and growth” with Valley-wide implications.
The 54,000-square-foot medical conference center would generate about 293 jobs in the Rio Grande Valley, architects say. The facility would be comprised of a 552 seat conference room, a 620 seat capacity ballroom, and an 800 square foot state of the art auditorium that could be the home to the Valley Symphony Orchestra or ballet performances.
A proposed hotel is also slated for construction at the facility. City Council will decide on the project at its next meeting on June 30.
“Having to go out of town to take our families to get quality and dignified medical care is a thing of the past,” said Laura Nassri Warren, principal architect with the Warren Group who gave a roughly 10 minute presentation to the Council.
The facility would provide a venue to the medical community to inform the Rio Grande Valley of medical resources and procedures available in the area, Warren said. It would also support health awareness programs in a state of the art medical campus and enhance medical education programs by partnering with local universities and colleges.
The proposed center would provide a venue to promote the creation of educational opportunities in the medical nursing research program, Warren said.
“What else can it do for us? Well, it can provide community support by offering a support venue for the development of Edinburg school district programs like exhibits, music and dance performances and Region One conferences,” she said.
The proposed facility would have two levels. Along with the auditorium and ballroom and conference facilities, a grand stair case would lead to a second floor complete with a pre-function area that would hold 510 seats or could be used for exhibits or live music. The facility would also utilize a full size catering kitchen.
“We try to gather the newest technology and newest materials and something that ties us to our history, something we feel that makes us remember our past while looking to the future, and that’s what we tried to do, make this a landmark for the area,” Warren said.