Congress hears A&M architecture
solutions for Indian health care


At a June 11 U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing, a professor from the Texas A&M Health Science Center told senators that Indian health care could benefit from concepts developed at the Texas A&M College of Architecture.

Paul K. Carlton, director of the Office of Homeland Security at the HSC, said the college, in a collaborative project with HSC, pioneered the use of a component building method in medical applications, which could be used to improve medical service to the Indian Nation at a more affordable cost.

The U.S. building industry, he told the committee, has been undergoing a revolution in efficiency using new methods and new thinking with pre-fabrication of larger portions of buildings, done in climate-controlled factories.

The student projects developed in the 2007 collaboration included solutions for financing, fabricating, shipping, constructing, staffing, operating and maintaining health care facility modules. Their work was also applied to an actual case study project at the Kern Valley Healthcare District Hospital in Lake Isabella, Calif.

A video of Carlton’s testimony can be viewed at

Video links for the entire hearing can be accessed at


Read about the 2007 collaboration between the college and the HSC

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