UT Health Science Center – H.C.P.C. Campus Improvements
English + Associates undertook one of the University of Texas Health Science Center’s earliest green projects. The intent was to create a tranquil oasis for patients and their visitors and included a walking trail, gazebo and Green Patient Therapy enclaves.
The landscaping reforestation effort comprised the planting of nearly 200 native Texas upland costal prairie trees and indigenous plants. These plants are an important contribution to managing the city’s local carbon footprint as well as providing beautification and shade to the walking trail. The half-mile walking trail was constructed of a recycled rubber tire surface over porous concrete so that the entire assembly allows water to permeate through to the soil, allowing maximum absorption into the ground. Emphasis was given to locally manufactured products including the interlocking brick pavers, also installed atop a porous base. In addition, the design/build team developed an organic landscape management protocol in conjunction with local organic suppliers in order to reduce the need for maintenance and help foster sustainable landscape practices.
- 12 acre campus
- Green features include:
- Native trees and plants
- Pervious pavements
- Local and recycled materials
- Outdoor therapy