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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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On 12/22/2019 at 4:21 PM, samagon said:

soil samples were being collected from the law parking lot yesterday morning.

Strange that I only found two obvious core samples in the whole parking lot. Seems like they would take a whole lot more but I'm no expert. Found a few surveyors wooden stakes for the new Law building. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, hindesky said:

Saw this from the link @Urbannizer had on the Rotary International hotel, is this a new build?

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https://www.dpr.com/projects/conrad-n-hilton-college-of-hotel-and-restaurant-management

 

Correct. It will be a renovation and several additions of the existing hotel. Was announced in March of last year.

 

 

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On 5/28/2019 at 9:12 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

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I went over and walked the site today. It was surprisingly pristine. I went in behind the big new sign announcing the site on MLK across from the park.

I went all of the way back to the feeder of the freeway on the far east side and then cut back north to the bayou and back to MacGregor Park. The ground was pretty much high and dry, and as far as standing water, I came across none. I did'nt see any presence of anyone living in the area, no litter, but I saw very little wild life. There was a stand of palm trees in the center of the property and I thought maybe U of H. had dumped them years ago, and they've grown. There were lots of toppled trees, that had rotted quite a bit. I didn't walk into the south end of the tract towards OST, and it looks a little denser and possibly a little lower lying. I just checked the one area today. Oh they have tagged a lot of trees with red and blue ribbons. I think these were to be torn out, by the size and types of threes that were tagged. Thought I'd pass along for those that were curious.

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Latest update for this site. I saw photographs of a pair of Eagles that have been living on the southeast corner of this tract amongst the dead trees for many years.

That would be the spur and OST corner for anyone who might be a birder or just curious about seeing Eagles in Houston. 

Actually, I saw the Eagles at Rice  Stadium back in 94. Sorry different Eagles. The best, was Pink Floyd, at Rice stadium, when a T.Storm was barreling down on the concert from the north. The lightning was really pretty amazing and brought a whole new meaning to special affects. Sorry I digressed.

The people that live in the area say that they see them regularly  early in the morning sitting up in the tops of the trees. 

 

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, bobruss said:

Latest update for this site. I saw photographs of a pair of Eagles that have been living on the southeast corner of this tract amongst the dead trees for many years.

That would be the spur and OST corner for anyone who might be a birder or just curious about seeing Eagles in Houston. 

Actually, I saw the Eagles at Rice  Stadium back in 94. Sorry different Eagles. The best, was Pink Floyd, at Rice stadium, when a T.Storm was barreling down on the concert from the north. The lightning was really pretty amazing and brought a whole new meaning to special affects. Sorry I digressed.

The people that live in the area say that they see them regularly  early in the morning sitting up in the tops of the trees. 

 

 

 

 

 

If only we could get a couple of Eagles to live on the UH campus.

 

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11 hours ago, bobruss said:

Latest update for this site. I saw photographs of a pair of Eagles that have been living on the southeast corner of this tract amongst the dead trees for many years.

That would be the spur and OST corner for anyone who might be a birder or just curious about seeing Eagles in Houston. 

Actually, I saw the Eagles at Rice  Stadium back in 94. Sorry different Eagles. The best, was Pink Floyd, at Rice stadium, when a T.Storm was barreling down on the concert from the north. The lightning was really pretty amazing and brought a whole new meaning to special affects. Sorry I digressed.

The people that live in the area say that they see them regularly  early in the morning sitting up in the tops of the trees. 

 

 

 

 

If eagles are nesting there, then the trees can't be cut. That happened in The Woodlands in a couple of places.

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That was my concern. I haven't actually seen the live birds, but there are several photographs and eyewitnesses who say they've been there for a long time. Another woman said that they sometimes stayed in a tall pine tree in her yard and she loved that until she saw the side of the house and ground below their roosting area.

She said they had to power wash her wall and the dead carcasses of fish and entrails that they dropped were disgusting. She lives across O.S.T. from the area.

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UH Law Center receives gift from local law firm, renames career services center 

 

A rendering of details of the new Law Center.

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By Laura Gillespie  – Reporter, Houston Business Journal 
5 hours ago
 

The University of Houston Law Center has received a significant gift from Houston-based law firm Porter Hedges LLP. 

The gift, for an undisclosed amount, will name the new law center’s career services office the Porter Hedges LLP Career Services Center, according to a press release. 

Porter Hedges has a number of Law Center alumni, including Partner Joshua Wolfshohl. The law firm was founded in 1981 and also has an office in Oklahoma City. 

"As a Houston-based firm, we have grown with the city over the last four decades and welcome an opportunity to give back to its premier law school," Wolfshohl said in the release. "We join the Law Center by investing in the students who will continue to leave their mark in Texas, across the country and around the world."

At the Law Center, the career services center connects students and employers, while also hosting career panels, networking events, workshops, mock interviews, job fairs, recruitment programs and an electronic job bank. 

“This donation to our school allows us to build a superior career services center attractive to both employers and students,” UH Law Center Dean Leonard Baynes said. “More importantly, it is an investment in our students, staff and administration who, along with the broader UH Law community, are working every day to make our school the premier law school in Texas.”

In November, the John M. O’Quinn Foundation gave an undisclosed amount to the Law Center. As a result, the new building will be named the John M. O’Quinn Law Building. 

The new building will stand on the northeast corner of the campus, between University Lofts and the existing law center. The building will cost $90 million and is scheduled to begin construction in summer 2020. It's being built partly because of the frequent water damage the old Law Center building suffered during heavy rainfall. Boston-based Shepley Bulfinch is the architect on the project, while Dallas-based Austin Commercial will serve as the builder. Both have Houston offices.

 

 

The John M. O’Quinn Foundation is “one of UH’s most generous financial benefactors,” a press release stated, and O’Quinn’s name is already on the O’Quinn Law Library, John M. O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium and the O’Quinn Great Hall in the UH Alumni Center. The foundation also gave $3.5 million to the new UH College of Medicine for startup costs and scholarships. 

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On 2/12/2020 at 1:00 PM, hindesky said:

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Wow...the new garage looks massive compared to the existing garage.  Is that just a camera illusion?  In the right bottom corner it looks like they've built a retaining wall.  Is that area going to be for water detention?

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10 hours ago, august948 said:

 

Wow...the new garage looks massive compared to the existing garage.  Is that just a camera illusion?  In the right bottom corner it looks like they've built a retaining wall.  Is that area going to be for water detention?

 

Yes, and yes.

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Found quite a few plans from the UH board meetings. There's a lot of info so i'm just gonna post by campus, and pdf files. These plans are spanning from early 2019 to today. 

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Some interesting data on the Hilton expansion

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New information on a UH auxiliary retail center, and UHD student wellness and success center

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Looks like this might be close to the final design of the new law building.

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A lot of plans for the main campus, very interesting stuff coming up.

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Lots of new plans for the empty lots around UH, and OMG the tech annex is getting torn down!!!! 🥳

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Confirms that the soul sucking building by the fountain is gone, and they're creating an athletic centered plaza there. Also some interesting plans for Cullen, gonna be a bright future for this part of campus.  

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Also a round up of all the projects that have happened in the past decade: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=44992972

 

Where I got this info from: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1000888

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On 4/14/2020 at 9:19 AM, cspwal said:

That's a decent hike from the metro rail station for the college of medicine - especially with no direct trail to connect it

I wonder why the large setback from the road

 

Not sure why they have the large setback, but it looks to be only about a 1/4 mile walk from the rail station.

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On 4/14/2020 at 9:19 AM, cspwal said:

That's a decent hike from the metro rail station for the college of medicine - especially with no direct trail to connect it

I wonder why the large setback from the road


I speculate this plot of land will be multiple buildings, all medicine related over the course of the next 20-30 years. 

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It really would have been nice if they sited the first building at the corner of MLK and OST, directly across from a light rail station and brand new housing. 

This seems like the most suburban office park-style siting they could have chosen, and I don't understand the reasoning (or how it fits into the rest of how UH's campus is being planned) *at all.*

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19 hours ago, Paco Jones said:

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UH College of Medicine.

Do you have an explanation why the exterior was changed? It looks like it's 3 floors now instead of 4 as previously mentioned. 

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2 hours ago, Purdueenginerd said:


I speculate this plot of land will be multiple buildings, all medicine related over the course of the next 20-30 years. 

Yes you are correct. This image below is from TheSirDingle above but it says the college of medicine will serve as the flagship of the Health District.

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3 hours ago, Texasota said:

It really would have been nice if they sited the first building at the corner of MLK and OST, directly across from a light rail station and brand new housing. 

This seems like the most suburban office park-style siting they could have chosen, and I don't understand the reasoning (or how it fits into the rest of how UH's campus is being planned) *at all.*

That was my point, but it makes sense if they are planning on expanding it, and having this be a central building for all future buildings

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3 hours ago, Texasota said:

It really would have been nice if they sited the first building at the corner of MLK and OST, directly across from a light rail station and brand new housing. 

This seems like the most suburban office park-style siting they could have chosen, and I don't understand the reasoning (or how it fits into the rest of how UH's campus is being planned) *at all.*

I don't know what their plans are but I assume they will build a university medical clinic at OST & MLK where students can get real world experience.

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On 4/14/2020 at 1:31 AM, TheSirDingle said:


Lots of new plans for the empty lots around UH, and OMG the tech annex is getting torn down!!!! 🥳

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Confirms that the soul sucking building by the fountain is gone, and they're creating an athletic centered plaza there. Also some interesting plans for Cullen, gonna be a bright future for this part of campus. 


Which building is the soul sucking building by the fountain? The one in red that they’re renovating?

Itll be interesting to see what new buildings they put in the art/music school parking lot.

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2 minutes ago, cloud713 said:


Which building is the soul sucking building by the fountain? The one in red that they’re renovating?

Itll be interesting to see what new buildings they put in the art/music school parking lot.

This abomination called Farish Hall is being torn down. 

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23 minutes ago, Avossos said:


when?

There's not an exact date, but since they had it in the 2015-2020 plan it should be soon. If not it's probably later down the line. 

I'm expecting late 2020 or during the summer. 

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On 5/5/2020 at 6:32 PM, TheSirDingle said:

This abomination called Farish Hall is being torn down. 

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Sad because it's yet another building full of memories gone. Glad because oh my god, was it awful to be in and worse to look at.

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https://www.uh.edu/facilities-planning-construction/fpc-projects/spotlight/new-law-center/

Law Center

Project Status:           Planning 

Project Budget:          $60,000,000

Project Delivery:        CMAR

 

Project Team

Project Manager:       TBD

Principal PM:             Trent Williams

Planning Rep:             Jennifer McPhail

Programming Firm:   Facility Programming & Consulting

Design Team:              TBD

Contractor/CM:         TBD

 

Description

The Law Center endeavors to build a new facility that is better suited to a modern, integrated curriculum.  The new building will support modern, interdisciplinary legal education with modern technology and a focus on encouraging collaboration. 

 

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