“ . . . it’s a great transformation space for pedestrians . . . bringing community consultation to a whole new level . . .”
The Campus Transformation Project resulted in a new pedestrian-focused campus core that prioritizes people and the environment. The landscape enhances the campus’ multicultural heritage, from the influence of local Mexican American culture to the University’s unique Bhutanese-inspired architecture. The use of local materials and native and adapted Chihuahuan Desert plant species ensures long-term success of the landscape and establishes campus’ identity within its regional context. The UTEP campus is an example for the City of El Paso and other desert communities around the world for transforming over-paved, car-oriented sites into living, breathing urban ecologies that support a high quality of life and connect with nature. The project, coinciding with the University’s centennial celebration, began UTEP’s transition into to a safer, more ecologically rich environment.
“The design stands as a vision of the future that effectively merges unique campus designs with UTEP's core mission of providing students with access to opportunity through student-centered educational and research experiences delivered by faculty and staff deeply committed to far-reaching excellence in all that they do to serve the residents of the Paso del Norte region , “ says Gregory L. McNicol Associate Vice President for Business Affairs, Facilities Management.
The University of Texas at El Paso; also Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, Inc.