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From this latest article I deduced that there would be an addition, to be opened in 2012, and a brand new building, to be opened 3 years later. This was news to me, as I did not know how they would go about it.

My guess is they will build the addition next to the existing UC and then demolish the existing UC and build a new one in its place. So if that is the case then it is just construction in two parts, set up so that at least part of a UC space is usable at all times.

Anyway from the UC 2010 initiative web site it looks like it will cost ~$100 million and will be ~250,000 square feet.

Compare this to the Tate Student Center Renovation at U. Georgia, which added 100,000 square feet of new additional space, which "effectively doubles" total available student space (for 200,000 square feet of space overall). The total cost for this project is ~$60 million.

http://schooldesigns.com/Project-Details.aspx?Project_ID=3695

In addition the U. Georgia built a new Student Learning Center with another 204,000 square feet of space for an additional ~$33 million.

http://schooldesigns.com/Project-Details.aspx?Project_ID=2026

So the end result is ~400,000 total square feet at UGA v. ~250,000 square feet at UH...for the same price.

I'm hoping this isn't part of a larger trend of things at UH costing more than they should. (For example, a stadium holding 40,000 people costing $120 million v. the Univ. Akron stadium holding 30,000 people which cost $61.6 million.)

But you never know what's included in the price until they tell you, and I'm just hoping that this new student center will, for that amount of money, be the be-all-end-all of student facilities, setting the standard for years to come for all such endeavors for universities and colleges around the country/world.

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From seeing the actual plans on the desk of the president of student government my final year of school, the UC is basically going to be completely gutted and reorganized with student activities moved from the basement addition at the back, to a more prominent position upstairs in the main building, while all the meeting rooms and the DOS offices will be moved to the basement. An expanded bookstore/theatre addition will be built next to the UC on the faculty visitor lots at a later date.

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This what the

Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at UH will look like come next year.

A $3.6 million expansion and renovation starting this month will include a two-story video production studio, the building's first formal entrance and renovated faculty offices and classrooms.

The project was funded in part by a $1.5 million, 2-to-1 matching contribution from Lance Funston, a 1967 graduate and chairman and CEO of media aggregator

Telamerica Media.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by fall 2011.

The project will comprise 4,363 square feet of new construction and 15,500 square feet of renovated existing space.

UH is on a construction roll.

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and the UH development keeps rolling... (discovered via A&M's RECON email)

HOUSTON (Houston Business Journal) –The University of Houston is expanding its current facilities with a 167,000-sf, six-story Health and Biomedical Science Center.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday on the project, which will consolidate researchers from different departments and colleges under one roof.

The project will further develop the College of Optometry with a new ambulatory surgery center, the first of its kind in an optometry school, according to the university. Spaces for outpatient ophthalmic procedures such as cataract surgery and LASIK are also included in the property design.

The project is slated to be completed in mid-2012.

http://www.bizjourna...biomedical.html

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It's sad that I go to UH, and I have no clue where these projects are going up. I blame the fact that I am a hostage in the architecture building 24/7...lol

Any of my fellow students care to fill me in?

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Well, I've been going to UH for two years now and I walk around campus almost everyday and I still have no clue where this biomedical building is being built. The article doesn't give much detail... awesome. Would this happen to be the building on Cullen next to the stadium or is that some other building that's already been mentioned before?

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Well, I've been going to UH for two years now and I walk around campus almost everyday and I still have no clue where this biomedical building is being built. The article doesn't give much detail... awesome. Would this happen to be the building on Cullen next to the stadium or is that some other building that's already been mentioned before?

I think the one to which you're referring (and has a similar-looking design) is a science and engineering research/office building. This appears to be something different and would likely go in a spot in proximity of the rec center/current optometry building (that is, unless it goes in TMC). This is all purely speculation on my part, though.

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The U of H is building a 167k sf, six-story Health and Biomedical Science Center. The facility will consolidate researchers from different departments and colleges under one roof and will develop the College of Optometry with a new ambulatory surgery center, which UH says is the first of its kind in an optometry school. Spaces for outpatient ophthalmic procedures and LASIK are also included in the property design. The project broke ground last week and is slated to be completed mid-2012.

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Any information on exactly where this is located? Is it by the existing optometry building, somewhere else on campus, or in the TMC?

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Any information on exactly where this is located? Is it by the existing optometry building, somewhere else on campus, or in the TMC?

Yea, we were discussing this in the UH thread. The article(s) posted so far have yet to say where the location of this building is. I honestly don't think the campus has enough room for this large of a building. Could be wrong, but I see this perhaps being in the TMC.

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Too bad it's not going to be in the TMC but hopefully the TMC and UH will eventually be linked by MetroRail service which will make it much easier for students to travel between them.

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Heard from a pretty good source that UH has been working behind the scenes so that if Baylor Med goes into default and needs state funding to help it along, that there will be a HUGE push from all Houston area legislators to make sure that the funding would only come if the medical school allowed itself to be absorbed into the UH System.

I think this is the only positive outcome left for Baylor since the talks with Rice fell apart. This would be a huge boost to UH's tier one efforts. Additionally, with the old Baylor Board (egos) removed from the equation, it's likely that fences could be mended with Methodist to ensure that one of the world's finest hospitals becomes a teaching hospital again.

Meanwhile, in the interim, Baylor Med's reputation continues to spiral downward...

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Heard from a pretty good source that UH has been working behind the scenes so that if Baylor Med goes into default and needs state funding to help it along, that there will be a HUGE push from all Houston area legislators to make sure that the funding would only come if the medical school allowed itself to be absorbed into the UH System.

I think this is the only positive outcome left for Baylor since the talks with Rice fell apart. This would be a huge boost to UH's tier one efforts. Additionally, with the old Baylor Board (egos) removed from the equation, it's likely that fences could be mended with Methodist to ensure that one of the world's finest hospitals becomes a teaching hospital again.

Meanwhile, in the interim, Baylor Med's reputation continues to spiral downward...

I wonder if it would then retain the Baylor name (which continues to have strong recognition) or if it would instead become something like the 'UH Medical College'?

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I didn't ask that question but I would assume it might become the Baylor College of Medicine at the University of Houston (sorta like Bauer, the Hilton, etc...)

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The six-story building will be connected to UH's College of Optometry at the corner of Wheeler Avenue and Calhoun Road.

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I thought that was the building going up at the corner of Cullen at the PGH entry drive. So if this is going up at Calhoun, WHAT IS GOING ON AT CULLEN!?!?

And does anyone have any information about what they are doing at the power plant? The whole area is fenced off.

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Found out everything that's happening (sorry for the double post. can I not edit my previous post?):

My linkhttp://www.uh.edu/plantops/resources/projects-log-folder/Major_Capital_Projects_Main.pdf

It's from July 2010, but it lists all the planned or current projects.

The thing at Cullen at the PGH entrance is nothing more than an expansion of the Fleming Building. I hadn't been into Fleming since the work started, but apparently they are renovating the whole thing.

The whole powerplant is being renovated, and they are replacing two of the cooling towers and two boilers.

Other things include a planned 2,400-spot parking garage at Roberston, renovations of about half a dozen buildings, extension of the Valenti School of Communications, and a third building for the Bauer College.

What is conspicuously absent it the University Center renovations.

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I was on campus yesterday and saw a lot of work going on. The Optometry building in the southwest corner of campus is already up to the second story, the Fleming lab building is almost entirely finished, and there is a new building going up next the Melcher school. They were just putting up the second story of the steel frame. It's the large building in the top-right corner of this picture:

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(I took this picture of almost a year ago in Melcher Hall with my non-smart phone, so excuse the quality).

And the most exciting of all for me, is that they have torn up that whole area along Wheeler that was cleared for the light rail, and have dug it down 2-3 feet. And sitting in the middle of it was a stack of rails! I was worried that they were going to clear the area and then leave it empty for years like the Astroworld site.

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Im all for new construction on the campus but whats up with bland architecture like this? It's actually kinda on the ugly side.

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Frankly I wish they go with a more modern design for the clocktower (and the other new buildings on campus, for that matter), but I'll take development of bland buildings over no development any day. I'm sure they are going for a timeless look that will still be appreciated 50 years from now.

Really, I wish they could do some kind of smooth, curving design for the clock tower, like a miniature version of the Shanghai Tower.

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That would look fantastic.

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Are they really building a clock tower?

Here's what I know directly from Renu. The stadium parking garage will start going up this week. It'll have 10,000 square feet of retail on the street level. Rumor is that Taco Cabana is taking a big chunk of that space. 2,400 parking spaces.

Fund raising for the new stadium is going really well. Over $60 million has been raised and there are four companies interested in the naming rights (rumored to be asking $30 million for 20 years).

Stadium features include the following;

40,000 seats with expansion to options up to 60,000. 24 private suites. 650 club seats. 180 sideline loge boxes with 4-8 seats each. New press level. Roof top terrace with standing room for 300 people. HD Video Board.

However, what most don't know is that the East Side of the Stadium will have approximately 35,000 square feet of academic space primarily reserved for the Moores School of Music! The naming rights for this complex has been secured. It'll include marching band, cheer, and dance team rehearsal space. Wind ensembles and jazz program rehearsal space. A University-wide Hall of Honor. A new 300 seat recital hall. A band library. Locker room with shower facilities for the Spirit Groups to use on game days. Kitchenette. Reception areas and a student lounge. Office space for Moores School faculty and staff. Instrument storage facility.

New residential space will include Sophomore Housing. This will be built where the Cougar Place Apts. currently reside (Calhoun and Wheeler). Cougar Place will be torn down this summer. In its place will be an 800 bed dorm styled similarly to the freshman dorm complex just opened. Opening set for 2013. Around the same time, a married/family housing complex with 400 units and childcare center will be built across from MacGregor Park on MLK.

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I guess we'll see what part of the stadium parking lot is going to be lost for the next school year next week then.

So it won't be Robertson Stadium anymore? I've always thought that school stadiums that have corporate names just seemed cheap.

I'm going to be on campus in the next few weeks, I'll bring my camera along and grab some pictures of everything that's happening.

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I guess we'll see what part of the stadium parking lot is going to be lost for the next school year next week then.

So it won't be Robertson Stadium anymore? I've always thought that school stadiums that have corporate names just seemed cheap.

I'm going to be on campus in the next few weeks, I'll bring my camera along and grab some pictures of everything that's happening.

Please do, and just general documentation of the preconstruction areas would be nice. :)

When I was reading the facilities for the musical department, I was picturing glee.

Thank god I don't watch that show, I can only imagine the jazz hands I would be doing as I read this.

PS: Insomnia sucks.

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any bland building they put there will look much better than Agnes Arnold Hall!

They're putting an addition to the Moores School Of Music as far away from the original MSM as you can get and still be on the UH Campus... lol

(I worked at the Moores Opera House when it first opened)

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any bland building they put there will look much better than Agnes Arnold Hall!

Like I said, Im all for the new construction but this new building next to the clock looks pretty close to Agnes Arnold Hall which isnt that great looking. Guess it has to do with the UH budget shortfall maybe.

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Really, I wish they could do some kind of smooth, curving design for the clock tower, like a miniature version of the Shanghai Tower.

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That would look fantastic.

No, that would look like a marital aid. One of the ones with enough horsepower that you have to plug it into the wall.

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I'm not saying exactly like that. It was an example. I just mean that that would look better than the rigid block design they look like they are going to do.

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any bland building they put there will look much better than Agnes Arnold Hall!

They're putting an addition to the Moores School Of Music as far away from the original MSM as you can get and still be on the UH Campus... lol

(I worked at the Moores Opera House when it first opened)

Huh?

The addition is going up on the southwest corner of Cullen @ Holman. That's about a two minute walk, if you walk slowly, from the back entrance of the Moores School! Additionally, it'll be used extensively by the marching band, cheer, and dance teams and will make going to all of the events in Hofheinz and/or Robertson/new stadium a helluva lot easier.

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No, that would look like a marital aid. One of the ones with enough horsepower that you have to plug it into the wall.

I was thinking the same thing, but I would imagine it would require a kick start engine.

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I'm not saying exactly like that. It was an example. I just mean that that would look better than the rigid block design they look like they are going to do.

Hey, I'd prefer it be more rounded too...you know, if I were into that sort of thing. Blocky shapes just seem like they would hurt.

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Like I promised, I walked around campus today and took around 65 photos. There's a lot of work that's going on, about to start, and that has been recently completed. Currently there are two tower cranes and two crawler cranes active on campus. I won't put all of the photos up, but if you want to see the rest I took, they'll be in my photobucket album: photobucket.com/golyadkinarchitecture

Fleming Laboratory Building:

Front:

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Rear:

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The connection point of the new building to the old Fleming Building:

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Wheeler construction:

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Stacks of rails for the light rail:

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Light rail sign:

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Health and Biomedical Sciences Center:

Sign:

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Building:

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Melcher Classroom and Business Building:

Sign:

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Building:

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Power Plant work:

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Lance T. Funston Communication Center/Jack J. Valenti School of Communication/Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts:

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Fenced off area around the Technology Annex:

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Something going on at Science and Research 1:

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The stadium parking garage is going to be starting soon:

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Yup, since I'm taking summer classes at UofH, I see this everyday. The campus is definitely booming and it's making me wonder how they're doing this especially since they have an extensive budget shortfall right now... perhaps donations?

Either way, my favorite new building is definitely the new Fleming building. Very nice.

Btw, in this picture where everything is blocked off... this is actually where the new Robertson stadium parking garage is going in. I hear there will be lots of retail on the bottom floor, including possibly a Taco Cabana. The other idea that's been tossed around is that the Taco Cabana may replace Chili's to go.

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Edit: thanks for the pics! they were great. I take it that you are a fellow coog as well?

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Yup, since I'm taking summer classes at UofH, I see this everyday. The campus is definitely booming and it's making me wonder how they're doing this especially since they have an extensive budget shortfall right now... perhaps donations?

Donations is what I've heard. Because the state keeps cutting education funding, UH is having to operate almost like a private university in terms of funding. I've also read that they have something like $60-70 million saved up for the new stadium already.

Btw, in this picture where everything is blocked off... this is actually where the new Robertson stadium parking garage is going in. I hear there will be lots of retail on the bottom floor, including possibly a Taco Cabana. The other idea that's been tossed around is that the Taco Cabana may replace Chili's to go.

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I noticed it was blocked off, and initally thought that's where the garage would be, but it turns out that it's going in the corner of the lot at Cullen and Holman. Lot 15F is blocked off and lot 15D is where the garage will be.

Looking at the campus map from the UH website, you can see that it's the blue outlined area marked by the number 597:

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And looking at that map, I think I found something that I haven't seen announced or mentioned at all: an extension of the Wheeler Housing. The blue dashed lines represent future construction, and look what I found:

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Edit: thanks for the pics! they were great. I take it that you are a fellow coog as well?

Yup. I've been there since Fall of '06. :D

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Btw on the stadium garage... 15F is going to be an actual Stadium seat expansion. We'll still lose the parking, but it's not going to be a garage.

This campus is truly mad with construction right now.

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Whose Crane?

Nice updates. There's a lot of momentum out at UH right now.

Whose Crane?

Nice updates. There's a lot of momentum out at UH right now.

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Got some more pictures today:

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Something is happening at the MD Anderson Library on the powerplant side:

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They're putting a really cool glass facade on the power plant:

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Looks like we're getting new bus stops:

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Wheeler is coming along well:

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New Bauer building is at its final height:

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New optometry building is getting big:

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They installed security posts in the parking lots:

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Robertson Stadium is falling apart:

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The new parking garage construction is under way:

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Wow thanks for the awesome updates!!! They are flying on the new Stadium garage. They must be doing the garage and the expansion simultaneously. This Fall is going to be TOUGH having lost so much surface parking, but at least we'll gain it back once the garage is built.

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Once again, I'll have to park near the freeway and walk all the way to the COA this semester. Parking is especially bad if you have later morning classes, but I'd rather not get up at 5:30 AM like I used to.

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