Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Breaks Ground for Medical Sciences Building
EL PASO (May 15, 2017) – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso broke ground this month on Medical Sciences Building II, a facility that will double the campus’ research capacity and add crucial instructional space to support a growing student population.
Sundt Construction will serve as the Construction Manager at Risk for the $83 million, 219,900-square-foot project.
The building will have more than 87,000 square feet dedicated to research, including laboratories, offices and research administration. The first floor will house the campus’ largest teaching auditorium – 9,200 square feet for up to 500 people. There will also be a dining and food services area, library, reflection room for quiet space, classrooms, study rooms and administration space.
“This building is integral to our vision for TTUHSC El Paso,” said Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A. “This will enable us to recruit more researchers to tackle our region’s medical challenges, increase student enrollment in our programs, and ultimately, retain some of the nation’s most well-prepared, culturally competent healthcare professionals right here in the borderland.”
“We are excited to have the opportunity to build this amazing new research facility in our community,” Sundt Project Director Joseph Riccillo said. “Our entire region will be able to benefit from the learning that will happen in this space.”
Like other campus facilities, the exterior will mirror the architecture of the Spanish Renaissance, distinguished by ornate columns, red-tiled roofs and colossal archways. The building was designed by Houston-based architectural firm Perkins + Will.
Construction will be complete in approximately two years.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 127-year-old firm specializes in transportation, industrial and building work and is known for its commitment to quality and innovative approach to construction services. Sundt has offices throughout Texas, Arizona, California and Utah and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 2,000 employees. The company is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work by business publications in multiple cities and in 2016 it was named the nation’s safest construction company by the Associated General Contractors of America for the second time in a decade – an honor no other contractor can claim. Sundt’s charitable arm, the Sundt Foundation, recently crossed the $7.7 million mark in donations made to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country.