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Too bad, if they eventually turn it all into university offices and/or get rid of the black lab. That is one of the nicest pedestrian friendly commercial fronts in Houston. The developers did a great job of incorporating a nice treed streetscape while still providing front parking. When you sit outside at the black lab you feel you could be somewhere else other than Houston.

I TOTALLY agree. I'm pleased to see St. Thomas prospering and growing, but MAN, that black lab complex with the library adjoining, is one of the nicest spots on Montrose. I hope St. Thomas can be encouraged to leave the retail there permanently. The presence of that retail (and particularly the Black Lab itself) also adds to the campus life and ambience. Perhaps they could just add to the parking structure in behind...

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I live adjacent to the Menil and walk through UST to the Black Labrador almost every week so this article caught my attention. I read the Chronicle article and the only thing I heard, or read, is that UST will keep the retail that is already there since "both are collegial". Both meaning Kraftsmen and Black Lab.

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The other side of this story is that John Hanson, the seller, will move across the street to the new building he is having constructed, and probably many of the tenants from the two office building sold to the University will follow him. Plus he is the owner of the Black Lab, it's his restaurant. The building across the street, will have that beautiful house as the front. I understand he wanted to put a restaurant in that house. I wonder if he will paid rent to the University, assuming he keeps the Black Lab, or maybe he would move it across the street.

I understand he is looking to build something else as well on the east side of Montrose Bvld.

Now since the Library is staying as long as it wants to, it will keep that complex, always open to the public. Mr. Hanson I understand gave the sanutary to the city of Houston to use, deeded it over to them. My hat goes off to him! Thanks John.

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No matter what happens with the retail tenants down the road, I hope that St. Thomas keeps the buildings and trees as is, and doesn't wall off that development from Montrose. It's such an attractive building that it would be a huge loss to the neighborhood to see it destroyed.

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They better not close the Black Lab. I was going to UST when they first opened and had lots of friends work there, and the ice cream shop next door that was called Straws. Its a great place to hang out. It would be a crime to close it down. In fact, some other developer should just copy the recipe because its as some have said, a great pedestrian friendly place, with the maturing oaks and all. I don't think Hanson is the original owner. Through the years the place has changed. It was in the begnining, a very very pro-british place, very authentic.

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It's not much of a research university, it's off my radar. I think an honest assessment should recognize UH for being a good school that provides plenty of opportunities for people of all backgrounds at reasonable cost. Rice is excellent as well, if somewhat insular.

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they closed down w main between Graustrark and Yoakum to pave it into a walking trail (like Mt Vernon). they are building a new research/science building where the athletic field is now (to answer a research q)

looking better and better, though they did have a former enron exec who left with like $50 mil talk to the school about ethics (likely not ethics but still). I think he was also former sec of the army. to me that was not a highlight of UST's speaker forum.

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I didn't know Johnson had Catholic leanings, hehe.

and I learned it from the Chron ---as opposed to KUHT, who just ran a segment after Ken Burns about the Houston Maritime Museum (which looked cool, and I would visit) and then did not think to mention its location at the end of the piece. Idiots.

Sorry, just had to get that in there. I love to support my public programming, but damn sometimes they make it hard to write the check.

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So I have to wonder at the thought process behind the idea to stick the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey slap bang in front of the sign for the Ersity Omas at the corner of Montrose and West Alabama. Or is that the University of St Thomas? Anyway, surely there was enough room to put it behind the sign? It looks kind of silly.

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Overscaled or out of scale.

Also, I don't think the graffiti artists will mess with it, whilst I'm pretty sure UST is wise enough to give it a paint resistant finish coat.

Edit: Where's the clever Philip Johnson symbol play like we see with the split obelisk at UH?

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When I read about this in the alumni magazine I decided to chip in a few bucks. I hope other alumni do their small parts and chip in as well. UST wants to build this and a new Center for Science & Health Professions:

But wants to build and going to build are not the same thing. I doubt both projects will leave the "planning" stage anytime soon.

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When I read about this in the alumni magazine I decided to chip in a few bucks. I hope other alumni do their small parts and chip in as well. UST wants to build this and a new Center for Science & Health Professions:

But wants to build and going to build are not the same thing. I doubt both projects will leave the "planning" stage anytime soon.

Thanks for posting this... Looks awesome!

Quit contradictory though.

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I heard a rumor that the Basilian Fathers at University of St. Thomas are about to tear down their house (Donaghue Hall next door to Hughes House on Yoakum between Branard and West Main), and replace it with a more modern 2 story structure. Does anybody know any details about this project? I heard that Kirksey architects were working on the project.

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When I read about this in the alumni magazine I decided to chip in a few bucks. I hope other alumni do their small parts and chip in as well. UST wants to build this and a new Center for Science & Health Professions:

But wants to build and going to build are not the same thing. I doubt both projects will leave the "planning" stage anytime soon.

 

This one is on ze planning comission agenda.

 

SubdivisionPlatPDF_University of St Thomas Central.pdf

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I'm confused. There are two different projects shown in the renderings and video. One is the performing arts center, the other is a center for science and health professions. Which is on the planning commission agenda?

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Guess I'll add this here:

 

WITH A FRESH $500,000 donation landing in its coffers late this summer and some city approvals in hand, the University of St. Thomas’s  long-plannedCenter for Science and Health Professions quadrangle could break ground next year. The school says it now has about half of the project’s $47 million budget and hopes on raising the rest by June of next year. UST has stated that it would then break ground in short order with an eye toward opening up some of the complex by 2017.

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And score one for the geeks over the jocks: The quad will be sited on what is now the school’s athletic fields, which now sprawl over three-quarters of the block bounded by Colquitt St., W. Main St., Mt. Vernon St., and Yoakum Blvd, just behind the library at the south end of Philip Johnson’s original campus.

 

 

 

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Breaking ground this summer. Click the link and you'll see that some cool elements have been removed from the original rendering.

 

http://www.stthom.edu/Public/Index.asp?0=0&page_id=5534&Source_URL=%2FAbout%2FSuccess_Stories%2FIndex%2Eaqf%3FNewsScriptAction%3DAdvanced_Search%26AQ_Year%3D2015&Content_ID=104455

 

 

 

With current facilities well beyond capacity, construction of the new building is the highest and most urgent funding priority of Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas. The Center for Science and Health Professions is expected to cost approximately $47.3 million. As of early January, more than $32.2 million has been raised for the building, putting UST within approximately $15 million (or more than 68%) of its goal. Plans are underway to break ground on the new center this summer and open the building to students in early 2017.
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To be perfectly honest, while the canopy element was a neat piece it definitely wasn't going to be something you could defend easily in this design. I don't see the actual use of it other than some designer thought it was cool. Once again its a cool feature and its interesting, but I'm 100% sure either the structural engineer or client when questioning the architect on why it needed to be in the project whoever was the designer didn't have more than one reason to keep it or make it feasible and so it was axed. One of the biggest lessons I got from architecture studio and subsequent reading is that if you don't have at least two reasons why you made a design decision then chances are that it isn't going to survive in the project. Every element in a design should have some sort of purpose and even if it's purely architectural/artsy it still can impact the design in more than one way to justify it being included because at the end of the day you are playing with millions of dollars and when stuff gets cut out of a project (which it does for almost every project even for starchitects!) if all you can say to keep is because "well I thought it looked cool"....it's going into the garbage bin!

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To be perfectly honest, while the canopy element was a neat piece it definitely wasn't going to be something you could defend easily in this design. I don't see the actual use of it other than some designer thought it was cool. Once again its a cool feature and its interesting, but I'm 100% sure either the structural engineer or client when questioning the architect on why it needed to be in the project whoever was the designer didn't have more than one reason to keep it or make it feasible and so it was axed. One of the biggest lessons I got from architecture studio and subsequent reading is that if you don't have at least two reasons why you made a design decision then chances are that it isn't going to survive in the project. Every element in a design should have some sort of purpose and even if it's purely architectural/artsy it still can impact the design in more than one way to justify it being included because at the end of the day you are playing with millions of dollars and when stuff gets cut out of a project (which it does for almost every project even for starchitects!) if all you can say to keep is because "well I thought it looked cool"....it's going into the garbage bin!

To provide shade...?

Toxteth, I'm hoping the courtyard(s) are still built into the other side. But yeah.. moo.

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I think the "pavilion" will still be built it will just be in another phase of development. This is just the first phase of construction, at a later date some more buildings will be built to the west of this building. Most likely once they are built then the pavilion will be built over the completed structure.

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http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/west_university/news/ust-to-build-new-health-and-sciences-building/article_23d7b569-1538-570d-aacf-84dc7cc2f687.html

 

 

 

The University of Saint Thomas (UST) has unveiled plans for a new four-story building to house the Center for Science and Health Professions. Due to the continued growth of the university's science programs and the re-opening of the nursing school, the university has outgrown existing facilities.

 

The building is the result of an intensive capital campaign, raising more than $47.3 million to fund the project.

The University now plans to continue to raise an additional $8.5 million to outfit the new Center’s Chemistry labs, as well as secure funding for a new Performing Arts Center.

The University is expected to break ground on the Center for Science and Health Professions in November and is expected to begin classes in May of 2017.

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http://montrosedistrict.org/university-of-st-thomas-to-break-ground-on-state-of-the-art-science-center/

 

The most visible product of the capital campaign will be the $50 million Center for Science and Health Professions, a four-story, 100,000-square-foot facility that will house UST’s biology and chemistry departments and the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing, along with classrooms and state-of-the-art science labs. Groundbreaking for the CSHP will be held on November 12, with a grand opening scheduled for the spring of 2017.
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