UTEP Takes Green Approach in Campus-Wide Transformation
Design Emphasizes Sustainability, Quality of Life
EL PASO — In approach of its 100th anniversary, the University of Texas of El Paso begins a new phase in the recent expansion of its campus facilities.
UTEP President Diana Natalicio unveiled final renderings for eight projects that she said will use pedestrian walkways and green spaces to knit together campus buildings.
“This aesthetically pleasing campus transformation project seeks to accommodate our anticipated growth while also strengthening UTEP’s civic structure – the primary organizational framework of outdoor public spaces and their interconnections,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. “At the heart of this is the creation of a continuous pedestrian environment that uses walkways and green spaces to knit together campus buildings, creating more inviting spaces for studying, relaxing and collaboration that will greatly enrich our quality of life.”
New structures aimed at improving circulation to and from classes and increase pedestrian safety. Officials said the transformation will also reduce pavement on campus and promote a greener environment that uses native landscaping and creates shade while filtering the air and water. Subsurface irrigation, rainwater harvesting and other responsible water use techniques will reduce maintenance and utility costs.