Texas Tech El Paso Nursing School

El Paso, Texas

Owner: Texas Tech University
Architect: Page
General Contractor: Vaughn Construction
Completion: November 2014

Project completed as Ensight Haynes Whaley, LLC

Images provided courtesy of Page

The 35,000 sq-ft School of Nursing is on the Texas Tech Health Sciences campus. It includes 12,000 sq-ft of simulation labs, four classrooms, and collaborative learning spaces, with a capacity for 600 students. The school also includes faculty and administration offices, a dean’s suite, student services center, and a unique Baby Café. The mission to provide such community support is aligned with the School of Nursing’s part in the larger Medical Center of the Americas (MCA). The MCA serves the Paso del Norte region of southern Texas, specifically providing healthcare, education and research for Hispanic and bi-national populations and surrounding military families.

The economical composite steel structural system has lateral bracing for wind and seismic control. Due to the limited site, the self-contained mechanical system is located on the school building’s roof. To blend with the surrounding campus architecture, the roof is pitched and finished with clay tiles, which adds additional weight and framing to the roof level. The foundation system consists of deep-drilled concrete piers with first floor slab-on-grade.