Baylor Research Innovation Collaborative
Waco, Texas300,000 SFBeck – ConstructionPerkins + Will – Architect
The BRIC project is the anchor facility for the newly formed Central Texas and Technology Park. Focused on developing, promoting and marketing science and engineering technologies, university research and advancing technology training and workforce development. The park is a joint effort of state, county and city governments, as well as organizations and higher education institutions in Central Texas. BRIC is housed in the former General Tire manufacturing facility. Reuse of the building maintains the heritage and history of what was once one of Waco’s leading companies and a significant economic contributor to the region. General Tire abandoned the building in 1986 and it remained empty and uncared for until Beck’s construction teams began demolition in 2010. Post extensive demolition, abatement and new construction, the BRIC now houses research space for Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and for select interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. A new addition features a large gallery and a “jewel box” state-of-the-art conference room which adorns the main entrance. The gallery is used to host open house type functions, science fair displays, as well as provide a dynamic entrance to this enormous facility.