Nowhere was Hurricane Ike’s impact more evident than on Galveston Island, which had not seen such devastation since the hurricane of 1900. UTMB, which was heavily damaged, is now a symbol of the city’s resurgence. Efforts at the school to mitigate the impact of future storms range from extensive and expensive — using durable materials like concrete and fiberglass instead of wood and metal — to simple, like placing electrical outlets higher along walls. The school says it has a statewide economic impact of about $4 billion and supports 26,000 jobs. A new hospital will be ready to receive patients in 2016. The rebuilding of UTMB is a victory for the island and the state, Representative Craig Eiland said.