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School of Nursing project

School of Nursing and Student Community Center at the

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston client

University of Texas Health Science Center


BNIM Architects with Lake/Flato Architects

design team

(BNIM) Steve McDowell, FAIA; Kimberly Hickson, AIA;

Chris Koon, AIA; David Immenschuh; (Lake|Flato) David Lake, FAIA; Greg Papay, AIA; Kenny Brown contractor

Jacobs Vaughn, Inc.


Jaster Quintanilla & Associates (structural); Carter

Burgess (MEP); Ferguson Consulting (electrical); Supersymmetry (energy strategies); Clanton Associates (lighting); Epsilon Engineering (civil); Walter P. Moore (roadway & south parking); Coleman & Associates (landscape); Apex Busby (cost consultant); Rolf Jensen & Associates (code consultant); Arup (envelope studies); Pelton March Kinsella (AV & acoustics); Worrell Design Group (food service) photographer

Hester + Hardaway


concrete materials :

TXI Houston;

limestone :


Mexico Travertine; stone :San Jacinto Materials; entrances and storefronts :

Vistawall; glass : Viracon; glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; unit

skylights :


t e x a s

a r c h i t e c t


fences , gates and hardware :

Myrex Industries;

The School of Nursing enhances human health and productivity while having as little impact on the environment as possible. It is itself a healthy building that was built with 50-percent recycled materials and designed to reduce energy use by 40 percent and water use by 60 percent. The project, submitted for a LEED Gold rating, was selected by the AIA Committee on the Environment as a 2006 Top Ten Green Project. The building not only balances the art of architecture with the science of sustainability, it wears it as its clothes. The fabric of each facade was determined in response to the different solar demands of each exposure. Sustainable lessons are evident and presented in beautifully crafted ways: systems that reject heat, direct daylight, recycle rainwater, allow for photovoltaic panel integration, and use local materials. The building was designed in tiers with public spaces on the first two levels, teaching spaces on the third and fourth floors, and office and seminar spaces on the top four floors.

architectural woodwork : retarders :

Laynecorp Architectural Millwork; waterproofing and dampproofing : Henry Blueskin; vapor

Henry Blueskin; roof and wall panels : ProClad (Wade Architectural Systems, dist.); membrane roofing :

Carlisle Syntec; roof pavers and ballast: American Hydrotech/Terra Pavers; metal doors and frames : CECO; wood flooring :

Kaswell & Co.; special wall surfaces : Agrifiber Panels; demountable partitions : KI

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards  
Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards  

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