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Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower

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A space where healthcare students will thrive

The Cullen Tower will help ready today’s healthcare providers for tomorrow’s challenges.

A world-class health sciences complex for Baylor trainees and researchers

Nearly 75 years ago, Baylor College of Medicine established itself in the heart of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) with the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building. This iconic structure, hailed as one of the most cutting-edge medical education buildings of the time, helped usher in a new era of medical education, clinical practice and scientific pursuit for Houston.

Now, as the next phase of the TMC’s history unfolds with the Helix Park development and Baylor’s Health Sciences Park, Baylor will once again help to spur innovation and progress with a new home for its School of Medicine and School of Health Professions, the Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower. This new tower is made possible by the generosity of The Cullen Foundation, The Cullen Trust for Health Care, The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, The DeBakey Medical Foundation, the Huffington Foundation and members of Baylor’s Board of Trustees and other community donors, including the M.D. Anderson Foundation, the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation, Maire and David Baldwin, Polly and Murry Bowden, Ronda and Greg Brenneman, The Elkins Foundation, Claudia and Fred Lummis and Jeri and Marc Shapiro.

Cullen Geiselman Muse, Ph.D., chair of the Board of Trustees for The Cullen Trust for Health Care, shares her family’s gratitude for being a part of Baylor’s legacy of educational excellence and their excitement for the new Cullen Tower.

The Cullen Tower will enable Baylor to educate the next generation of brilliant healthcare professionals who will serve patients worldwide with experience gleaned from Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the Jamail Specialty Care Center and Baylor’s other hospital affiliates.

The Cullen Tower also will serve as a collaborative space for Baylor trainees and scientists to engage in ideas and innovation that will help fuel a new era of medicine. Its proximity to the Baylor Center for Medical Innovation (BCMi) in the forthcoming TMC Helix Park will give trainees and scientists the opportunity to forge partnerships with other TMC institutions and the biotechnology industry.

The Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower isn’t just a building – it is the future of healthcare – for Baylor, the Texas Medical Center, Houston and beyond.

Read the press release announcing The Cullen Tower here.

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Help Build Houston’s Healthier Future

The Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower will be one of the largest and most technically sophisticated medical education buildings in the nation.

Building Features

The 11-floor, 503,000-square-foot Cullen Tower will feature:

 

  • State-of-the-art technology and inspiring interior and exterior spaces, from an expansive 500-seat atrium to comfortable student lounges
  • Dedicated space for big data analytics, which will serve as the foundation for advancing new healthcare solutions
  • Small-group and studio classrooms designed to facilitate active learning
  • Large-capacity, high-tech, theater-style event space
  • Anatomy lab, teaching labs and simulation center that provide immersive, hands-on learning before students conduct clinical rotations
Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower

Building Features

The tower also will include:

  • Education Innovation Center with a faculty development lab
  • Student Wellness Center
  • Lecture halls for team-based learning
  • Rooftop garden and an elevated courtyard for collaboration and events

 

Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower

A design and location that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and sparks curiosity

The Cullen Tower will serve as a collaborative space for Baylor trainees and scientists to engage in ideas and innovation that will help fuel a new era of medicine. Its proximity to the Baylor Center for Medical Innovation (BCMi) in the forthcoming TMC Helix Park will give trainees and scientists the opportunity to forge partnerships with other TMC institutions and the biotechnology industry. In addition, its close proximity to clinical rotations on the McNair Campus will allow trainees to enhance their classroom learning with experience in the lab and the clinic.

Support medical education and innovation with a gift to the Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower.

Community Support

The Cullens: One of Houston’s leading philanthropic families

The Cullen family, esteemed for its Houston-area philanthropy, has championed Baylor since its early days in the TMC, when Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen donated the funds necessary to complete the original education building. Today, The Cullen Foundation, The Cullen Trust for Health Care and The Cullen Trust for Higher Education have given a total of $30 million to build the new Cullen Tower, contributing one of the largest combined gifts in their legacy of philanthropy.

Baylor is grateful for their longstanding support as Baylor continues to pursue the shared vision of a healthier future for Houston, Texas and beyond.

Baylor is thankful for the support of the following donors:

Foundations and Organizations

Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation

A.R. “Tony” and Maria J. Sanchez Family Foundation

Ben Taub and Henry J.N. Taub Foundation

The Cullen Foundation

The Cullen Trust for Higher Education

The Cullen Trust for Health Care

The DeBakey Medical Foundation

The Elkins Foundation

Hobby Family Foundation

Huff Family Foundation

Huffington Foundation

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc

M.D. Anderson Foundation

Transwestern

Vivian L. Smith Foundation

Individuals and Families

Dr. John F. and Rachel P. Anderson

Jamie Bailey

Maire and David Baldwin

Polly and Murry Bowden

Mr. and Mrs. Greg D. Bassett

Biykem Bozkurt, M.D.

Ronda and Greg Brenneman

Cathy and Bob Brewton

Tzu-An Chen

Mary E. Dickinson, Ph.D.

Joe and Michelle Doty

Sarah and Doug Foshee

The Hackett Family

Caroline and Larry P. Heard

Austin King, M.D.

Paul and Mary Klotman

Michael J. Lichty

Claudia and Fred Lummis

Dr. and Mrs. James T. McDeavitt

Julie and Brooks McGee

Tanya and Bill Mearse

Mark E. Meyer

William Murray

Precious Williams Owodunni

Thomas J. Rosenbalm, M.D.

The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal and Mr. Gary L. Rosenthal

Paul L. Schnur, M.D.

Jeri and Marc Shapiro

Mr. Christopher D and Mrs. Kristin A Wallis

Stephanie and Keith Young

Baylor Voices

Read reactions to the news of The Cullen Tower from our students and faculty leaders:

Fundraising Progress

To date, gifts to The Cullen Tower total $100 million, more than 65% of Baylor’s $150 million philanthropic goal for the project.

The medical knowledge harnessed and the progress made in The Cullen Tower will create a healthier future not just for Baylor but also for Houston, Texas, and the world. Help us achieve that vision today.

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