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Two buildings, one new home

University of Houston,
Health and Biomedical Sciences Buildings 1 & 2
Houston, TX

The Health and Biomedical Sciences Buildings 1 & 2 combine three programs—clinical, educational, and research—into two distinct, yet interconnected buildings.
Shepley Bulfinch designed the two buildings as “cousins” by using similar materials with subtle variations. Our team worked closely with the construction manager to select three primary façade materials that balance cost with design integrity. The exterior façades feature three primary elements: precast concrete, limestone, and glazing.
Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 serves as the new home for the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, and elevates the institution’s capacity to advance research and offer premier educational programs.
The undulating precast concrete façades use light, reflection, and shadow to catch the sun as it plays across each building’s surface, transforming the exterior into a dynamic display that changes depending on time of day and sun angle.
The impact of the facility extends well beyond the College of Pharmacy campus. Underserved residents from Houston’s Third Ward receive healthcare and other vital services from clinics that serve the community.

Houston Business Journal Landmark Awards Winner

Medical Category, 2014

Precast and Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Design Award Winner

Higher Education, 2014

“This new home for our College of Pharmacy will allow our faculty to educate and train the next generation of patient care providers.”

F. Lamar Pritchard, dean, College of Pharmacy