UT School of Nursing

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Committee on the Environment (COTE), for the national organization’s “Top 10 Green Projects Award” for 2006.

This project is the largest green academic building in the Southwest. The facility is expected to receive a LEED Gold rating. This building is one of the first in the Houston area to achieve such a standard for innovative design.

The eight-story, $57-million building encompasses 195,000 sq. ft. The building includes approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, café and dining room, bookstore, student lounge, student government offices, research laboratory and faculty offices.

The building includes a wide range of high-performance energy practices, that take advantage of energy analysis equipment and self-metered lighting controls to reduce light pollution and increase energy efficiencies throughout the building.

These LEED practices will reduce energy bills for the owner, while producing a healthy, more productive and comfortable environment for the building occupants.


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“It’s gratifying to see the School of Nursing receive the country’s most coveted green building award, and it is a testament to the vision of BNIM Architects, the university and the entire design team.”
Patricia L. Starck, D.S.N.
Rev. John E. Cahoon
Dean of the UT School of Nursing at Houston