Texas Southern University, Cleburne Avenue Parking Garage and Offices

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    Smith & Company Architects


    Central Houston Parking LLC and Texas Southern University

  • AREA

    264,162 sq.ft.





This new 264,162-square-foot parking garage is the second phase of a three-phase parking-improvement plan for Texas Southern University (TSU). The Cleburne Avenue Garage accommodates 1,000 cars.

The Cleburne garage also has 1,941 square feet of office space, which includes two offices for the TSU Police Department, three administrative offices and a public ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$37.86FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio area. One of the key design components of the garage is the introduction of a perforated metal paneling and framing system or “mesh.” This mesh system was introduced into the design palette to make the new building better suited to blend into the context of the area’s neighboring buildings. The design of the garage matches the same palette of materials used on the Jesse H. Jones School of Business.

Along with the mesh system, the use of brick, precast concrete and metal in the design of the garage creates a relationship to the school of business and is in tune with the contemporary movement of TSU’s northeast side.