Building a nationally competitive program in academics and athletics is not just figurative. Whether it is National Merit Scholars, student athletes or world-renowned faculty and researchers, facilities are a crucial component to recruiting the nation’s top talent.
More than $1 billion in construction projects have been completed at University of Houston System institutions over the past six years, with much of it happening at UH. Even more transformation is on the horizon—another $1 billion in construction is proposed over the next three years, fulfilling the University’s commitment to building world-class facilities. Here are a few of the projects that will continue to change the physical landscape of campus in the coming years.
INDOOR FOOTBALL PRACTICE FACILITY
Ground broken: November 18, 2016
Expected Completion: September 2017
Budget: $20 million
Square Footage: 83,000
- The facility will consist of a steel structure, a synthetic turf practice field, A/V and graphics.
HBSB II - HEALTH AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES BLDG. II
Ground broken: July 10, 2015
Scheduled Completion: July 2017
Budget: $145 million
Total Square Footage: 300,000
- Nine-story facility will integrate teaching, research, and clinical programs in the second phase of the development of the University of Houston's biomedical district.
- New home to the College of Pharmacy
FERTITTA CENTER RENOVATION
Ground broken: March 2017
Expected Completion: November 2018
Budget: $60 million
Total Square Footage: 190,000
- Globally recognized entrepreneur Tilman Fertitta pledges $20 million - largest individual donation to UH Athletics.
- Completely renovate the 50-year-old arena formerly known as Hofheinz Pavilion into a modern-day sports venue.
- The exterior structure and roof will be preserved, but entry experience and building presentation will be completely updated.
Approximate Groundbreaking: December 2017
Expected Completion: Mid 2018 (SERC and Old Science)
Budget: $100 million
Total Square Footage: 719,000
- Renovation of the buildings that form the general education core of the campus and are home to a substantial number of classrooms, labs, faculty offices and departmental headquarters. Old Science and SERC are the first ones to be completed within the group, and the others will follow. Final completion for all buildings is still to be determined.
- Old Science - 1939
- SERC - Science and Engineering Research Center - 2005
- Roy Cullen - 1939 (shown below)
- McElhinney Hall - 1971
- Agnes Arnold Hall - 1967
- Science and Research 1 - 1969
Approximate Groundbreaking: January 2018
Expected Completion: June 2019
Budget: $80 million
Total Square Footage: 337,000
- Quads are the oldest residential buildings on campus, serving students since 1950.
- New facility will have a maximum of 1,200 beds.
- Addressing the needs expressed by international students - there will be smaller residential buildings, with townhouse elements to provide more affordable options as well as kitchens so that meal plans will be optional in those buildings. The size of the communities will be small enough to develop themed learning communities based on academic or personal interest.