UPDATED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 10:24pm
Waco, TX — The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, or BRIC, opened its doors earlier this year.
The building will now house Baylor research, but in the grand scheme of things, BRIC will be a haven for entrepreneurship and 21st century workforce development.
Thursday, the university gave media a sneak peak into the ever-evolving facility.
Nine months ago, construction crews were still working on the old General Tire plant in North Waco.
Today, Vice Provost of Research Dr. Truell Hyde, who led the charge for BRIC, gave the tour.
“BRIC is a brand new paradigm," explained Hyde. "It’s not like anything else around and it seems to be coming along very well. We’ve got about half of the building full.”
The 330, 000 square-foot complex will not only house Baylor research, but the building will play host to young companies looking to grow.
They’ll come to BRIC in hopes of advancing their product and business, or at least that’s the goal.
Hyde said, "You can even go far as to say, ‘Well, I’ve got a widget in hand now. How do you build the thing? Or repair the thing? You then talk to TSTC and they’ll help you out.”
A walkthrough of BRIC reveals advanced research is already underway.
Randall Jean is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
“This is my eleventh year at Baylor, and this is the fifth location of my lab. So, I’ve gone from just a small room with few pieces of equipment to having a world-class facility with a lot of infrastructure needed to do the things I couldn’t do before," said Jean.
"One of the things I like about this facility is that when people visit they have to take you seriously. They see the investment. They see that and think, ‘Wow, there must be something of importance happening inside that facility."