The MCA Campus currently spans 440 acres in South Central El Paso, Texas.

The Medical Center of the Americas Foundation is developing a world class biomedical campus in the heart of El Paso, Texas. The MCA Campus will foster and accelerate biomedical and health care innovation, creating new employment opportunities and meeting the health care needs of the Paso del Norte region’s citizens.

The MCA Campus is home to a number of major health care education, delivery and research institutions, including:

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, a medical university that is home to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • University Medical Center of El Paso, with the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center.
  • El Paso Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in the region.
  • The Cardwell Collaborative, a $28 million biomedical research and technology commercialization building that is home to the MCA Innovation Center.

Development of the campus is ongoing, with space and infrastructure available to support biotechnology companies and health care delivery organizations. View Real Estate opportunities

The strategic vision for the MCA campus is to become a world-class complex of medical facilities that make up a major economic engine for the region. The MCA takes a leadership role with respect to campus development, leading master planning and zoning efforts, as well as working with the city to develop incentive programs for the campus tenants. 

Campus Tenants

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
  • Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  • Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • University Medical Center of El Paso
  • El Paso Children’s Hospital
  • El Paso Psychiatric Center
  • Office of the Medical Examiner and Forensic Laboratory
  • Texas Department of Human Services
  • West Texas Regional Poison Center
  • City of El Paso Health Department
  • MCA Foundation

What the MCA is Doing

The MCA takes a leadership role with respect to campus planning activities, leading master planning and zoning efforts, as well as working with the city to develop incentive programs for the campus tenants.

Infrastructure Projects

The MCA Foundation’s commitment to building the Paso del Norte region’s biomedical industry includes developing facilities and infrastructure on the MCA Campus. Our completed projects include the Cardwell Collaborative and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing. 

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Master Plan

As the MCA Campus in South Central El Paso develops, it is transforming a historically underserved neighborhood whose infrastructure, such as roads, utilities, signage and landscaping have long been in need of upgrades and improvements.

To create a campus that is a safe, healthy and beautiful place to live and work, the MCA Foundation has embraced the practice of urban design master planning. A master plan—created with input of urban designers and neighborhood residents—is a documented, long-term, flexible framework for developing and improving a neighborhood.

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Other Planning and Support Activities

The MCA Foundation works closely with the City of El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and other stakeholders to ensure the development of a campus that is beautiful to look at, easy to get around, environmentally friendly, and supported by state-of-the art utility and transportation infrastructure. Recent planning and support activities include:

  • 2013: The El Paso City Council approved a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone for the campus to fund infrastructure improvements such as lighting, sidewalks, landscaping and utility work.
  • 2014: MCA and TxDOT worked together to develop a multi-modal transportation access plan for the campus that addressed vehicular, mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian needs.
  • 2016: MCA worked with the City of El Paso as it adopted a development incentive policy for the city to ensure that areas that key campus stakeholders plan to acquire are not incentivized for private development.

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