University of Houston, Cullen Boulevard Avenue of Trees

Houston, Texas

The University of Houston‘s Cullen Boulevard Avenue of Trees is the primary entrance to campus. Improvements included the addition of 64 live oaks, plus new extra-wide sidewalks, new light posts and banners.

Prior to this project, the entry was home to several fast-food franchises, unsightly parking lots, abandoned streets and overhead utility lines on wooden poles. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYLandscape beautification project removed the fast-food establishments and other unsightly components.

As people enter the campus, they notice welcoming, festive aluminum banners hanging from light posts. The banners are painted on a white background, and the UH logo is in red. “Shasta,” the official school mascot, is painted in silhouette in black on red. Aluminum was selected for the banners for longevity and recycling purposes.

The return of Cullen Boulevard to green grass and trees is part of the University of Houston’s master plan to “perpetuate the campus woods” by planting formal lines of trees to further define the campus edge.