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Updated renderings.   "The University of Houston – Downtown (UHD) has boldly envisioned a new hub for student wellness and success in support for its diverse and growing student population

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https://news.uhd.edu/president-shares-uhds-highlights-goals-for-the-future/

 

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With legislators taking notice of UHD’s growth and listening to suggestions for future needs from faculty, students and alumni, state lawmakers approved authorization to implement a fee that will support a new Wellness and Success Center. This is the first time in three decades that UHD was granted this authority.

Muñoz said the $35-40 million facility will provide spaces for sports, fitness, counseling, studying and socializing.

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It's probably considerably more expensive but I am surprised they didn't try to put the pool on a higher floor. Does anyone have a picture of this area during Harvey?

 

Maybe they think it's cheaper just to clean out the dirt. Makes sense. Either way, this is a beautiful addition to our area.

 

Edit: Hmmm...

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2 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

They raised the grade of the building they just built. Don’t you think that they would do the same for this building?  I mean, it’s not like they forgotten about Harvey. 

Either way, gives more reason to build the North Canal.

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8 minutes ago, innerloop said:

We're mixing locations here.  The thread is for the main campus and the Harvey flood pictures are of the Downtown campus.

Paco Jones stuck a post on the new UH-D building in the general UH thread, which made this all slightly confusing. 

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4 hours ago, innerloop said:

We're mixing locations here.  The thread is for the main campus and the Harvey flood pictures are of the Downtown campus.

Well, I was just responding to the renderings posted. That's the downtown campus.

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Man I would seriously not object to UHD somehow ending up with the Harris County Jail buildings. Even just 600 and 810 N San Jacinto. They're both (especially 600) nice, well-scaled buildings, and it would be nice to see them used for non-jail purposes. Help diversify that stretch of San Jacinto as well.

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On 8/25/2020 at 11:57 AM, Paco Jones said:

Updated renderings.

 

"The University of Houston – Downtown (UHD) has boldly envisioned a new hub for student wellness and success in support for its diverse and growing
student population. The university has chosen a dynamic property that proudly announces to the city of Houston the importance of this facility, the critical
services within and the community that it will build for UHD students. This facility will drive health/wellness, greater student success and will serve as the
heartbeat of the campus in the future."

 

 

Expected to open in the Fall 2022

 

https://www.uhd.edu/student-life/dateline/Documents/issue65-2.pdf

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https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/University-of-Houston-Downtown-breaks-ground-on-15723297.php

University of Houston-Downtown breaks ground on student center

Photo of Katherine Feser
Katherine Feser Nov. 13, 2020

Students at the University of Houston-Downtown will have a new place to gather in the upcoming Student Wellness & Success Center in 2022.

University officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday attended by state, community and student leaders along with members of the design and construction teams.

“This is an iconic project, and a special one for defining the University of Houston-Downtown,” University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator said in an announcement. “The new Student Wellness & Success Center is important for all of Houston. It’s a shining example of what higher education institutions represent in Houston.”

The 72,000-square-foot building, to be built on the north side of the downtown campus, will house recreation spaces, study areas, classrooms and spaces for learning about health and wellness, including a demonstration kitchen for meal preparation workshops. The $38 million facility will provide a place for the university's more than 14,000 students to relax and build friendships.

"Ultimately, it will be a place of student growth, development and success," Richard Sebastiani, director of University of Houston-Downtown Sports & Fitness, said at the ceremony which was broadcast on Facebook.

The student center will go up next to the College of Sciences and Technology Building on land acquired by the university just north of White Oak Bayou at North Main Street in 2016. It is set to break ground in January and will take about 18 months to complete.

 

Vaughn Construction, a longtime collaborator on expansions at UH-Downtown, is the general contractor. Architecture firm SmithGroup oversaw the design.

 

 

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I would like to see:

1. sell the Commerce St building, and use the proceeds to buy more land/buildings around the current business building, or around the parking lots

2. Move I-10 as far North as possible

3. Redevelop the land freed from the I-10 move into a pretty park, with continuation of the bayou esplanade.

4. Dorm for international students and honors students

5. walking path from parking lot to the metro stop nearby (the one north of the current UHD stop)

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35 minutes ago, pablog said:

Hopefully!! I’d like to see Allen University or Buffalo Bayou University... but idk

 

Ive never heard about them wanting to change their name though 

Yeah a few years back there was a plan to change the name. I would go with Allen State University!

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https://uhsystem.edu/governmental-relations/tx-legislature/agenda/index.php

Campus Development Projects

A request for funding of debt service to construct and redevelop multiple campus projects. Funds will be utilized to construct the long-planned second floor of the Girard Street Building to create space to consolidate academic support services and construction of a UHD police station to improve safety and security at the campus. Funds will also be used to repurpose 120,000 sq. ft. of the One Main Building, and the current Student Life Center, which will become unnecessary after the new Wellness & Success Center is opened, into a new Student Center. Remaining funds will be utilized to acquire select properties adjacent to the campus to enable future university expansion.

Any photo updates here?

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