The University of Texas at El Paso Health Sciences and Nursing Building

El Paso, TX

Project Description

The 130,000-square-foot Health Sciences and Nursing Building sits on what is now the most prominent site of the UTEP campus. The five-story building reflects and supports an integrated vision of healthcare education and provides space to house 3,000 students and 100 faculty members from the College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing. This state-of-art facility contains instructional, research and laboratory spaces, including the 16,000-square-foot Simulation Center to teach essential nursing skills in actual clinical settings.

The design of the Health Sciences and Nursing Building reflects the distinctive “Bhutanese” architectural style of the UTEP campus. While conducting extensive research on the history and elements of Bhutanese architecture, the Page design team discovered the design standards of the Department of Urban Development and Engineering Services (DUDES) of the Bhutanese Government. The standards revealed rules on how each of these elements could and should be used on buildings and resulted in the design of a different roof type for this building, as well as increasing the amount of exterior glass, bringing daylight deep into the inside of the building.