The project was developed in the existing campus of University. More than 80% of existing trees were maintained and more than 50 new trees were planted in campus. The design corresponded to the bioclimatic study carried out, as well as preserving as many trees as possible on the land.
As part of the "Walking Anew!" of USAID / ASHA, the project seeks to raise treatment standards and transform the lives of women, people with physical disabilities in El Salvador and in Latin America, by training the next generation of medical practitioners in rehabilitation and that they can help them to give them mobility again.
The architectural program was optimized to achieve a balance between budget and space requirements. Multifunctional, spacious and efficient spaces were proposed. In addition, to maintain the efficiency of the buildings, as well as their construction, a modulated design was carried out to reduce material waste.
The views to the outside have been favored, allowing nature to enter the spaces, as well as natural lighting such as natural and cross ventilation.
The focal point of the access is a beautiful tree which was incorporated from the design to the building and despite all the challenges that this implied, it was maintained, it was cared for throughout the construction process.
The exterior spaces of the building were also treated for accessibility and improved circulation. Outdoor spaces have been created for the coexistence of the students. These are wide and open spaces where they can meet, as well as wait for the next classes, carry out study activities or connect with the nature of the environment. With recycled material found on campus, as well as waste material in the work, benches were designed and made for the use of the students.
The project is seeking LEED certification. With the design we have addressed all categories having efficiency of water usage, energy use, quality in the indoor air of the building, preserving the vegetation and having adequate use of sustainable materials as well as a plan for handling of residues during the construction process as well during operation.