Texas Tech University Health Science Center – School of Nursing

The previous project on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Abilene was built using an exterior wall system composed of CMU block with a face brick veneer and drywall on furring strips on the interior.

For this new nursing building, we worked with the architect to analyze the cost benefit of CMU versus light gauge metal stud framing. We determined the metal stud back-up offered a better design solution due to the initial cost of the assembly, including impact to the structural steel. It also offered scheduling advantages and greater overall R-value of the exterior wall, which will decrease operating costs. And, the metal stud assembly gives the user group greater flexibility for future renovations.

Complex Stakeholder Structure

10 Months Schedule


Hendrick Health System

Square Feet



The Tittle Luther Partnership


Abilene, Texas

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