Cy-Fair College

Cypress, Texas

  • FIRM

    Gensler

  • CLIENT

    North Harris Montgomery Community College District

  • AREA

    444,346 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $72,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2003

Cy-Fair College is a new comprehensive community college campus designed to accommodate 10,000 students in six buildings on a 200-acre site northwest of Houston. Each building is designed to accommodate a variety of academic functions facilitating the interdisciplinary, collaborative learning style that was selected for the new campus. The architect led the design team ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY10,000COST PER SQ FT$162.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio all phases of the project including master planning, programming, design and construction administration.

The six buildings total 444,346 square feet and include 67 general classrooms, 28 computer labs, 11 natural-science labs, 15 miscellaneous labs and art studios, 143 faculty offices and a 435-seat theater. The library learning center operates as Harris County Public Library in addition to its role as part of Cy-Fair College and offers 270 computer stations, a shelving capacity of 150,000 volumes and a children’s library. The student center includes a food court and dining facility, and a wellness facility with a weight/cardio fitness room, climbing wall and dance studio. Locker rooms also are provided. The south academic building includes an advanced technology center featuring computer-aided manufacturing equipment and a computer lab. The entire campus is covered by wireless network access.

The site includes large water features and lakes to handle stormwater detention requirements and to establish a strong character for the campus. The campus landscape makes use of a variety of low-water/low-maintenance prairie grasses reminiscent of the Katy Prairie. Tennis courts, softball fields and a jogging trail are available for community use, making the new campus an attractive recreational amenity for the Cy-Fair community.

The $72 million campus was designed under an aggressive schedule. Programming started in December 2000, and design was completed in January 2002. Construction documents were issued in four major packages, and construction was complete in August 2003.