El Paso, Texas — The first phase will build 352 beds and a commons building on 6.2 acres.
El Paso, Texas — Construction is starting on the first phase of a $23 million project that includes an estimated 3,000-bed community at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). This phase will construct two four-story residence halls that will accommodate 352 students and a commons building on a 6.2-acre plot of land behind the university's Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
The 103,606-square-foot complex will offer 83 units in one-, four- and six-bedroom options. Each suite will have a small kitchen, living area and bathroom. The buildings will contain elevators, lobbies, lounges, study rooms and laundry facilities. The single-story commons area will include a computer lab, kitchen, staff offices, conference room and meeting hall. The project is part of the university's Campus Transformation plan that aims to achieve UTEP's goal of being the first national research university with a Hispanic majority student demographic. Sundt Construction will be the general contractor. Mijares Mora is the architect. The project will be completed by spring of 2015.
The university currently operates two housing complexes that accommodate 626 students, and maintains a waiting list of about 200 students. The campus master plan projects the university will provide 1,440 beds by 2015. Additional phases will be built as needed.
— Katie Sloan