Centennial Project - University of Houston
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The University of Houston is on a quest to become at Top 50 public research university and is embarking on a landmark initiative to transform its campus in preparation for its Centennial celebration in 2027. Referred to as the Centennial Project, this significant undertaking embraces our commitment to environmental responsibility, honoring green space while promoting sustainability and well-being. Together, we will build a campus in the nation’s fourth largest city that meets the needs of today and inspires the leaders, innovators and thinkers of tomorrow.

 The University of Houston is a crucial part of the fourth largest city in the country, and having a welcoming campus that everyone can be proud of is paramount. This reimagination will create a sense of place, community and learning, while also promoting health and well-being not only for our students, but for all Houstonians.

Renu Khator
President, University of Houston

Laying the Groundwork

The Centennial Project will positively impact our students, faculty and alumni while strengthening ties to our neighboring community. We envision the campus to be a hub of collaboration, inviting all to engage in various events and activities.

Centennial Plaza

Centennial Plaza will be the heart and soul of the revitalized UH campus. Surrounded by the University’s original historic buildings, the Plaza has been a central location for generations of college students to gather and build connections. The new Centennial Plaza will be the epicenter of campus life, becoming the defining space for traditions and memories. Along the edge of the Plaza, elevated “outdoor rooms” will include benches, tables and chairs where students can meet.

University Drive

The University’s entrance on University Drive will be redefined to create a memorable arrival experience and includes the addition of a new gateway monument at Spur 5. A continuous line of trees will form a shaded central pathway from the gateway to Cullen Performance Hall. “We envision University Drive as a pedestrian-first environment complete with outdoor rooms anchored by public art and dining spaces. It’s a compelling concept that will truly make our campus more welcoming and inviting,” said University architect Jim Taylor.

Getting Involved

We are excited about the possibilities our campus transformation holds for our future. Your commitment to our success has been the driving force behind the accomplishments that have defined our institution, and we invite you to be a part of this groundbreaking endeavor. We encourage you to learn more and explore how you can play a role in bringing the UH Centennial Project to fruition.


For more information about naming opportunities for the Centennial Project, please contact Rebecca Gentry, Associate Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, at rmgentry@central.uh.edu or 713-743-3573.

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