University of Houston Downtown, Academic Student Services Building

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    PGAL

  • CLIENT

    University of Houston System

  • AREA

    168,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $22,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/1997

Since its founding, UH-Downtown has provided quality, career-relevant education to a broad cross-section of the Houston community. The Academic Student Services Building contains 168,000 square feet and serves more than 7,500 full-time students, providing more than 50,000 square feet of student services/UH joint functions.

The circulation and program spaces in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMRey de la Reza ArchitectsCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$110.00FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas are organized in a way to maximize exterior views, especially the downtown Houston skyline. The common areas are woven into the circulation paths to link the program spaces and to create spatial definition. These areas include the 500-seat auditorium, the 27,000-square-foot food court, coffeehouse, prefunction areas, gallery exhibit areas for students and faculty work, and student study lounges in areas throughout the building.

The coffeehouse, which has a stage for student performances, is adjacent to the auditorium and provides two-story views to downtown.

Photographer: ©Hester & Hardaway Photographers