University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building I

Houston, TX | 2013

Program integration in the University of Houston's Health and Biomedical Sciences Center delivers two very tangible objectives: a home for a 'super-cluster' for transdisciplinary research, learning, and clinical care; and an integrated facility with higher operating efficiency.

The design responds to the challenges of the site and the complex program through building organization, wayfinding strategies, and the use of form and materials that create an iconic element for the University on the Houston skyline. A dedicated entrance and circulation guide Laser Center and ambulatory clinic patients on arrival, while researchers, students, and faculty access lab facilities and computational and academic spaces separately.

The undulating facade of the six-story center uses light and reflection to catch the sun as it plays across the building's surface, transforming a windowless space dictated by program into a visual display that welcomes visitors to the campus.

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More than skin deep - Texas Architect, Nov/Dec 2013


Shepley Bulfinch Team

Elise Woodward
Angela Watson
William Riley
Allan Donnelly
Michelle Sheehan
Luke Voiland
Andre Kamili
Patricia DeLauri
Franziska Garcia
Ray Leiker
Mark Boone



  • 2014 Winner (Medical Category), Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards
  • 2014

  • 2014 Design Award (Higher Education), Precast and Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)

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