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Found this in Nancy's Sunday real estate column.

http://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/A-downtown-implosion-is-a-real-estate-rarity-4045726.php

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Student housing at Texas Southern University is about to get an upgrade.

A $41.5 million dormitory, the first new dorm to be built there in decades, is set to break ground next May. The seven-story, 215,000-square-foot structure will have 800 beds on the eastern edge of campus. It will have street-level retail and a rooftop terrace.

HarrisonKornberg Architects, is designing the complex in collaboration with Lord, Aeck & Sargent.

Over the last two years, the university has been working on a pilot program in which freshmen live on campus and participate in community, cultural and educational events.

"We're seeing the difference this concept makes in our retention rates and student successes in class," TSU President John M. Rudley said in a statement. "On-campus housing can result in an increase in our graduation rates and keep students focused on graduating on time."

The facility will allow the university to house nearly all of its incoming freshmen on campus. Today, 1,300 students live in six campus housing complexes.

TSU has 9,500 students and is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. The 150-acre campus is in the Third Ward at Cleburne and Ennis.

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"the seven-story, 215,000-square-foot structure will have 800 beds on the eastern edge of campus. It will have street-level retail and a rooftop terrace."

Pack em in there like sardines. Sheesh. At least there's street retail :)

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I'm on the eastern edge of TSU's campus right now, and I'm trying to figure where the footprint of the new dorms will be. I wonder if the old Lanier Hall dorms will be demolished to make room?

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Glad to see TSU building new dorms. Would love to see TSU improve. One of the best ways to do so is to give more kids a traditional college experience. Numerous studies show that kids who live on campus are MUCH more likely to graduate than commuters. UH will have nearly 8,000 beds on campus next fall. Would love to see TSU and UH work together to promote some sort of retail/dining/entertainment district along Scott St. to compliment the light rail.

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Completed 2014* (Anticipated)

New Construction
210,000 sq. ft.
$41M* (Anticipated)

HarrisonKornberg Architects is designing this new building in collaboration with Lord, Aeck & Sargent. This 810-bed, 210,000sf residence hall is located on an urban block at the edge of TSU’s campus and is connected to the main campus via the Tiger Walk, running past the site’s southern border. The 7-story, tunnel-formed, concrete structure forms a protected courtyard that will include multi-use academic/social spaces. The building includes 400 student rooms, and each floor of the building will feature common lounges and smaller study spaces.

 

http://harrisonkornberg.com/projects/on-the-boards/22-on-the-boards/101-new-student-residence-hall.html

 

July 2015 completion date, height of the building is a little over 79 ft'.

 

TSU-Dorm-Elevations-01.pdf

 

TSU-Dorm-Elevations-02.pdf

 

TSU-Dorm-Elevations-03.pdf

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Good for TSU, good for UH and good for Houston. Improving TSU is only a plus for UH, and Houston could surely do with a boost in the education department

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 Would love to see TSU and UH work together to promote some sort of retail/dining/entertainment district along Scott St. to compliment the light rail.

 

As demand increases inside the loop, that may happen organically anyway.  In a few decades we might be looking at "Heights South" in the area.  You'll know we're there when Walmart tries to build and get's picketed by RUDH.

 

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/TSU-students-adjust-to-hotel-after-learning-dorm-6470081.php?cmpid=btfpm

 

Ferguson soon learned that she would be staying in a hotel for the next couple of months, along with about 100 other students, while TSU rushes to finish construction of a dormitory that was supposed to open this month.

 

Officials say the rainy spring and summer delayed construction on the 800-room dorm, which is now set to open in November. The school is paying for rooms at the Wyndham Hotel in the Texas Medical Center and is busing students to and from campus until the dorm opens.

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So funny you posted this. I noticed the form yesterday from our tailgate spot. I didn't notice it last year (maybe it hadn't been topped out?) but it makes it's presence known now on Scott Street. 

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Nice pic Ellen.  The skyline in the background is awesome. Downtown looks like a beast. It's laughable when people compare uptown to downtown.  The density of buildings is just not there.

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TSU Technology Building

 

http://www.theldnet.com/project/tsu-technology-building/

 



Texas Southern University (TSU) demolished the previous Leonard N. O. Spearman Technology Building, due to not only to damages sustained from Hurricane Ike but also because of the age and condition of the facility.

 

The Technology Building replacement is a 100,000 SF, four-story, state-of-the-art facility. It includes a 25,000 SF mechanical penthouse and a 100-foot transmitting tower for the university’s radio station.

 

Adjacent to the building is a one-story, high bay industrial building to house laboratories, simulators, and other training equipment.

 

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http://www.asumag.com/new-construction/texas-southern-university-begins-construction-new-library

 



Texas Southern University has broken ground on a $43 million Library Learning Center on its Houston campus.

 

The university says the five-story building will span 137,000 square feet and is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

 

This new Library Learning Center will serve as an intellectual hub not only for the university, but for the community at large. Students, academics and library patrons will have an array of resources at their fingertips,” says university President Austin A. Lane.

 

The university’s distance and online education divisions, administrative offices, support services and a board room will be housed in the new center. The library will provide an array of resources for upper-level, graduate and professional researchers. TSU freshmen will receive a range of dedicated academic services to bolster their first-year curriculum. Library patrons will have high-tech access to materials and more efficient methods for data collection.

 

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Seems the windows being offset from the metal panel pattern was a design choice, but just not feeling it. It comes off looking like a mistake. Other than that the building looks interesting.

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1 hour ago, Luminare said:

Seems the windows being offset from the metal panel pattern was a design choice, but just not feeling it. It comes off looking like a mistake. Other than that the building looks interesting.

I personally like the angles of this. Very modern looking especially for a library.

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4 minutes ago, hindesky said:

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This device was near a different building. Looks familiar, like the device on 19th St.

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Like the landscaping. Thanks for the update. Moved this to "NEAR COMPLETION OR RECENT COMPLETION" on the map.

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2 minutes ago, gclass said:

^^^ the DULL SMOKEY GREY EXTERIOR CLADDING upon this edifice is simply horrendous!  what on earth were the designers thinking?  it looks as if they were doing everything possible to save money on this building.  what a SHAME for the students at TSU... for they simply deserve much better in my most humble opinion.  TSU has been needing a new first-class library for like decades... and this is the absolute best that they could do?  this particular edifice is simply not going to age very well.  that very DULL EXTERIOR CLADDING IS ALREADY A DISASTER upon this brand new edifice!  simply SHOCKING!  as i gaze upon the HAIF illustrations of the brand new edifices being constructed over at UH, one can easily verify the STARK CONTRAST.  the buildings at UH are beautifully designed, wonderfully/soundfully constructed, completely enhance the surrounding areas that they are intended, and shall age very well and invite added area retail, etc. 

 

the MAIN CAMPUS LIBRARY upon any college/university institution should always be a complete architectural powerhouse.  the LIBRARY, as well as the MAIN ADMINISTRATION edifice,  should always in my opinion... set the overall tone of architecture within and throughout the institution.  however, this particular TSU LIBRARY looks like something derived straight out of the early 1980s.  it just could have been designed so very much better than it is in my view.  there are certain elements throughout its design that just reeks of certain large HIGH SCHOOLS throughout TEXAS!

 

maybe/hopefully at some point, our GLORIOUS HAIF PHOTOGRAPHERS can get inside and snap some interior illustrations for us.  one can only PRAY that they are much better and much more representative of the wonderful students and faculty at TSU.  GO TIGERS GO!      

I'm a long time lurker and very rare commenter but I just can't let this go by without saying something Gclass. Why do you think the students will necessarily have the same opinion of the building finishes as you?  I've seen some of your comments praising some buildings I think are horrendous but that doesn't mean everyone thinks the same that I do.  I happen to think this library looks great and I'm sure others will too...and others may not like it.  Regardless, I hardly think they'll have a huge case of the vapors as you seem to.

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It's a public university at the mercy of our current political leaders in Austin. 🤡🤬🙈🙉🙊

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Just now, Purdueenginerd said:

 

 

Indeed! Good eye!

Curious why they would do this to an existing building? They have done some excavation on other corners of this same building. Is the foundation failing?

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1 hour ago, hindesky said:

Curious why they would do this to an existing building? They have done some excavation on other corners of this same building. Is the foundation failing?

 

Not sure actually. Do you see any of the brick veneer cracking? or any evidence of windows that have broken? 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Purdueenginerd said:

 

Not sure actually. Do you see any of the brick veneer cracking? or any evidence of windows that have broken? 

 

 

I'll check next time I ride by.

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