Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, United States of America

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) will soon feature a new medical sciences building at its campus in Texas, US.

Named Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II, the facility will be the third medical sciences building at TTUHSC's Paul L Foster School of Medicine.

The new building is being constructed as part of TTUHSC EL Paso's master plan to expand research capabilities to address major diseases. The facility will double research capacity and enable the development of basic and translational biomedical research.

With new laboratory facilities, the centre will focus on interconnected research programmes that develop better medicines for major diseases.

Construction was initiated in May 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by 2019. The economic impact of the project over ten years is estimated to be approximately $1bn.

Features of TTUHSC's MSB II

The MSB II will be a five-storey research building with an area of 219,900ft². The building will house a variety of facilities including research labs, classrooms, teaching spaces, and staff / faculty offices.

Its first floor will cover an area of 9,200ft² and will feature a teaching auditorium.

With a capacity to accommodate 500 people, the auditorium will also feature a dining and food services area, which will be under the supervision of outside vendors. Other facilities will include a library, a reflection room, classrooms of various sizes, study rooms for students, and administration offices.

The remaining floors of the building, including the second, third, fourth, and fifth storeys, will be exclusively utilised for complex research purposes. The floors will feature research laboratories, offices, and administration spaces.

Vivarium facilities are also planned, alongside an expansion of utility infrastructure and other supporting spaces.

Design of the medical sciences building

MBS II is being constructed on a 5.1-acre site, which features landscaping, hardscape, a loading dock, and equipment yard areas.

The exteriors of the building will resemble architecture of Spanish Renaissance, which incorporates ornate columns, red-tiled roofs, and colossal archways. Other materials used for the exterior palette include bricks, glazing, stuccos, clay tiles, and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof systems.


Total investment for the project is estimated at $83m. Of this, $75m was approved by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015, under House Bill 100. The remaining $8m will be funded by TTUHSC El Paso.

Contractors involved

The new medical sciences building was designed by Perkins+Will, an architecture firm based in Houston.

The construction contract for the project was awarded to Sundt Construction, which is involved in building the facilities and expanding utility infrastructure, creating additional parking, and improving the surrounding landscape.

Marketing commentary on Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Joining Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, TTUHSC El Paso is the fourth university facility to offer education, research, and patient care services.

In the research arena, the university has four Centers of Emphasis in cancer, infectious diseases, neurosciences, and diabetes.

The university's healthcare division includes student-run clinics in some of the county's poorest neighbourhoods and a network of Texas Tech physicians of El Paso outpatient offices located at various locations in the city.

Located in the second biggest bi-national metropolitan area on the US-Mexico border, the university leads the nation in border health initiatives making it a desirable place to learn, perform research, and treat patients.