Texas Southern University, New Science Building (Work in Progress)

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    3D/International, Inc.

  • CLIENT

    Texas Southern University

  • AREA

    165,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $26,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    2/2005

The goal was to create an inviting, high-profile science building to help attract and retain the best faculty, researchers, students and staff.

The four-story building will house chemistry and biology teaching labs on the same floor to promote interaction among the disciplines and to share expensive support equipment. The math department, a student lounge, vivarium, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$157.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress halls and classrooms will be on the first floor.

The building was opened up with a full-height glass atrium to make the important research aspect clearly visible, and to allow the campus and the community to see science exhibits in the atrium.

In addition to serving as an exhibit space, the atrium is a gathering place that promotes interaction and a sense of community. Adjacent is a transparent cyber cafe. The science building will be an asset to both the science community and the campus.

By using an efficient lab and corridor plan, the building includes the atrium amenity as well as a “hall of fame” gallery, while achieving 60 percent usable floor area.