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Quite a few updates in the last meeting.   Law school:  Budget: $90M Square Feet 179k SF Floors: 5 Completion: August 2022 Architect/Engineer: Shepley Bulfinch

https://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2019/november-2019/11182019-lawbuilding.php    

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This might be old news, but I was walking along the Braes Bayou trail next to the UH campus and discovered they have built a separate lane for golf carts along a section that connects the main campus with the UH research park on the other side of the railyard.

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 I think it's been there for a while. A relative works in the petroleum engineering office in the new building, tucked back in the middle of the campus.

. She told me about the trail maybe 1-2 years ago. They shuffle engineering personnel and staff back and forth.

The Schlumberger campus has provided  the U. of H., a tract of land relatively close to the main campus, with plenty of room to develop a research center and  an incubator for all related fields of energy exploration, solar, wind, and eventually hydropower.

Consider the opportunities in Houston, energy capitol of the world. It's really a no brainer. 

When they  finished construction on the school, I installed  art and helped acquire and install a large model of an off shore rig, donated  to the Pet. Eng. school, by one of the local energy companies here.

 

An interesting fact. The MFAH had been using some of the warehouses for art storage. I can see the connection: Schlumberger - Menil - MFAH.

I'm glad  they saved this 17 building site.

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On 3/10/2019 at 8:45 PM, robalob said:

Some updated graphics for the new College of Medicine layout. Looks like they are pushing the building further into the tract of land, but the planned streetscaping appears to invite a lot of street-side development.

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 I like the thick foliage of that property. Maybe by pushing the building back, they can keep some of the wooded atmosphere. I don't mind them building some street front development but I hope they try to leave a large portion of the trees on the property.

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I can't remember the last 3 year span that has seen as much construction on campus as now.

It seems that every where you look there are cranes and new projects going up.

New football stadium, basketball practice facility, Fertitta center, Indoor football field, new parking garage with art sculpture center, Law school. med school,

Hilton hotel expansion. And to top it off they raised a billion dollars 1 1/2 years ahead of schedule.

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6 minutes ago, bobruss said:

I can't remember the last 3 year span that has seen as much construction on campus as now.

It seems that every where you look there are cranes and new projects going up.

New football stadium, basketball practice facility, Fertitta center, Indoor football field, new parking garage with art sculpture center, Law school. med school,

Hilton hotel expansion. And to top it off they raised a billion dollars 1 1/2 years ahead of schedule.

It's exciting to see the campus, and the area around it grow. While I might graduate by the time most of these projects finish, I'm still looking forward to their completion. Let's hope they come out with a COT renovation, or a whole new building all together soon. Also looking foward to catching a dorm room in the new quads; when they finish.

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43 minutes ago, TheSirDingle said:

 

It's exciting to see the campus, and the area around it grow. While I might graduate by the time most of these projects finish, I'm still looking forward to their completion. Let's hope they come out with a COT renovation, or a whole new building all together soon. Also looking foward to catching a dorm room in the new quads; when they finish.

Pretty sure the plan is to move the COT to Sugar Land and turn that building to a food hall.

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19 minutes ago, htine said:

Pretty sure the plan is to move the COT to Sugar Land and turn that building to a food hall.

Idk, last time I asked one of the profs. They said it would teared down, and turned into a much larger building with GFR. The one at Sugar land is its own college, and should be temporary for main campus COT students. 

 

 

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On 3/17/2019 at 3:31 PM, hindesky said:

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Walked by the new garage today and notice they've left a chunk out of the southwest corner.  On the southeast corner the bottom floor is two stories tall with 3 parking decks above it.  It looks to me like they are going to build something in that corner.  Offices, maybe?  I also see conduit and pvc piping sticking out of the ground between the garage (behind the green fencing above) and the side road.  Are they going to add something there (some restaurants/retail maybe?

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7 hours ago, august948 said:

 

Walked by the new garage today and notice they've left a chunk out of the southwest corner.  On the southeast corner the bottom floor is two stories tall with 3 parking decks above it.  It looks to me like they are going to build something in that corner.  Offices, maybe?  I also see conduit and pvc piping sticking out of the ground between the garage (behind the green fencing above) and the side road.  Are they going to add something there (some restaurants/retail maybe?

A good portion of the southwest corner has PVC pipes poking out of the ground and it looks like they're prepping for a concrete mat in that area. Something else is definitely going up there.

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Can any of you tell me what is going on over at the Fraternity square off Calhoun and MacGregor.

There is a large box shaped structure on top of a building in the center of the complex that rises above the roofs of the sorority and fraternity houses. It has been wrapped like a Christo artwork for months. Is this termite control, or is something else going on at this site. Just curious.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2019/05/28/university-of-houston-system-to-receive-109.html

 



The Texas Legislature approved $109 million in state funding to the University of Houston System for three of its projects and general revenue increases, according to a May 26 press release.

 

The money will help pay for the UH College of Medicine, new facilities for the UH Law Center and Hobby School of Public Affairs, and repairs to buildings damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Legislators also approved a dedicated student fee to pay for wellness centers at UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria per the release.

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University of Houston System approved for $109 million in state funding 

A depiction of what the University of Houston's new College of Medicine building could look like at the MacGregor site.

A depiction of what the University of Houston's new College of Medicine building could look like at the MacGregor site.

COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

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By Jonathan Adams  – Associate editor, Houston Business Journal 
13 hours ago
 

The Texas Legislature approved $109 million in state funding to the University of Houston System for three of its projects and general revenue increases, according to a May 26 press release.

The money will help pay for the UH College of Medicine, new facilities for the UH Law Center and Hobby School of Public Affairs, and repairs to buildings damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Legislators also approved a dedicated student fee to pay for wellness centers at UH-Downtown and UH-Victoria per the release. 

Each bill passed now awaits Gov. Greg Abbott's signature. A bill that would recognize the medical school had been sent to the governor's desk in April.

“I am extremely grateful for the support of Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen throughout this session and to all of our state lawmakers for making higher education such an important priority,” Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System, said in the release. “Building great public institutions is truly a partnership with our elected leaders. Their support will help our system’s 74,000 students succeed, which in turn creates a qualified workforce, healthy communities and a prosperous Texas.”

Of the $109 million total, the medical school will receive $20 million next biennium to help with startup costs, per the release. The school hopes to admit its first class of students in fall 2020, pending accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, according to the release.

The University plans to ask the legislature for an additional $20 million over the next four sessions, according to the release.

UH's degree will cost $23,755 per year. An anonymous donation announced in July 2018 will cover full four-year tuition for the entire inaugural class, which is expected to be 30 students, and a gift from the John M. O'Quinn Foundation will cover tuition for one-third of the second class. The school expects to have a full enrollment of 480 students over the next eight years.

 

“We are thrilled and thankful that our lawmakers recognize the need to build Houston’s first medical school in nearly 50 years,” Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the UH College of Medicine, said in the release. “The startup funding is another critical milestone necessary to help us achieve our mission of training more primary care physicians to address a significant statewide shortage.”

The UH Law Center and the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs will receive $45 million for new facilities, with a focus on modernizing technology in the buildings, creating flexible spaces and mitigating problems associated with the previous flood-prone structure, according to the release.

The UH System will also receive about $18 million in general revenue funding increases based on enrollment growth and a little more than $26 million split four ways for Hurricane Harvey recovery not covered by insurance or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, per the release.

  • University of Houston: $20.3 million
  • University of Houston-Downtown: $4 million
  • University of Houston-Victoria: $1.7 million
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake: $83,668

Lastly, the legislature authorized a dedicated student fee to pay for a new wellness and success center at UH-Downtown and a new recreation and wellness center at UH-Victoria, per the release. Students at each campus approved the fees for the projects, according to the release.

The amount of the fees may not exceed $150 per student for each regular semester, per the release.

 

“We had critical needs throughout the UH System coming into this legislative session and our elected leaders could not have been more supportive,” Jason Smith, UHS vice chancellor of governmental relations, said in the release. “The state of Texas has innumerable competing interests that have to be juggled and, from the outset, from Gov. Abbott on down, our leaders made it known that higher education was a priority. The support provided this session will strengthen each of our universities, the communities around us, and the state.”

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Looks like they really do want to tear down Moody towers and replace it with a layout similar to the new quads or maybe cougar villages. Not gonna lie I wish they would have gone with rebuilding into a dual high-rise towers just so that there is more diversity in the type of on campus housing.  This will also remove a staple landmark of the campus that you are able to see from a distance. 

 

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So big news happening on the food side of UH.

Firstly cougar woods is going to be renovated: 

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Secondly UH will build a food truck park in lot 21A:

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Finally after the moody towers are torn down and rebuilt, here's what the dining hall will look like: 

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Honestly an amazing rebuild of the dining hall system at UH, can't wait for it to happen. Have a lot of memories staying in moody dining for hours upon hours, just hanging out and studying with friends (also the tendies). 

I also found a rendering of the new COT rebuild, but I can't seem to find it anymore. 

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On 6/3/2019 at 8:25 PM, robalob said:

Looks like they really do want to tear down Moody towers and replace it with a layout similar to the new quads or maybe cougar villages. Not gonna lie I wish they would have gone with rebuilding into a dual high-rise towers just so that there is more diversity in the type of on campus housing.  This will also remove a staple landmark of the campus that you are able to see from a distance. 

 

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Where did you get this info? Link? I've been looking everywhere for this.

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20a and 20c are both fenced in for new garage construction.

 

a campus officer I spoke with when they were ensuring all the cars were removed from the lots was confident that the garage still under construction will be complete and ready for parking by the beginning of the semester, which is august 19.

 

I don't think they're gonna make it, which means a lot of overflow parking at the energy campus.

 

they are cutting an entrance to this new parking lot at Elgin, about halfway between Entrance 18 and the spur 5 feeder. they are also reconfiguring the turn from elgin onto spur 5.

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That's a dumb place to put a medical school. Separated from the main campus AND the TMC. Turning its back on resources that is existing already and could attract great students!

2 minutes ago, bobruss said:

They keep knocking out of the park. There is so much going on in every corner of the campus. 

The new Quadrant dormitories, the new garage/ art sculpture center, the architecture innovation lab, the football practice center, the basketball arena and practice facilities, the baseball field stadium upgrades, and the new college of medicine.
As a matter of fact all four major schools have added quite a few new building or have several under construction.

T.S.U. just finishing up the new Library,  and St. Thomas just built their new science building, while Rice has added a new Art Gallery, athletic performance center,

the Opera House is getting closer, and a new graduate building under construction just east of the Basketball gym. 

Good to see all of our centers of higher learning staying fresh and making improvements.

 

 

Don't forget HBU!

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This is all part of the Universities campus. Just like the petroleum engineering school and other energy related programs that have taken over the old Schlumberger campus just across the rail lines to the east. This is just an extension of the southern end of the campus, and room for a family living center for students staff and faculty. It lies right across the street from MacGregor park. You can ride your bicycle from there to the med center along the Bayou.

The school will be less than ten minutes from the med center and will have shuttles, just like U.T. uses for its students to get around the med center.

 

I don't have a clue what's going on at HBU. I don't go by it ever, and just don't know.

Start a thread and fill us in. 

 

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52 minutes ago, bobruss said:

This is all part of the Universities campus. Just like the petroleum engineering school and other energy related programs that have taken over the old Schlumberger campus just across the rail lines to the east. This is just an extension of the southern end of the campus, and room for a family living center for students staff and faculty. It lies right across the street from MacGregor Park. You can ride your bicycle from there to the med center along the Bayou.

The school will be less than ten minutes from the med center and will have shuttles, just like U.T. uses for its students to get around the med center.

 

I don't have a clue what's going on at HBU. I don't go by it ever, and just don't know.

Start a thread and fill us in. 

 

That property has thick woods on it. I hope they do right by designing the building into the woods without tearing all the trees out. It be nice if they would just carve out room for the buildings and parking then leave as many of trees as possible on the land.

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Texas911,

It’s not just an educational facility, it also will serve the community as healthcare center. I’m very sure the administration considered multiple location options. Makes sense to keep the school somewhat removed so that it doesn’t get bogged down in traffic, for people who are just seeking care.

To call the location just “dumb” doesn’t make you sound very considerate. 

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Its just that there's a world class medical center in our backyard but instead of participating in it we choose to go at it alone? Heck, Rice doesn't have a Med school but they have a building in the med center, as do a number of schools.

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