Texas Southern University, Ennis Street Parking Garage and Retail Space

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    Smith & Company Architects


    Central Houston Parking LLC and Texas Southern University

  • AREA

    347,095 sq.ft.





At four students per parking space, Texas Southern University was significantly below the national average for urban colleges in terms of parking availability for students and staff. In addition, the university anticipates student enrollment to grow more than 75 percent over the next five years. Preliminary projections call for 2,450 additional parking spaces by the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$36.01FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio 2020.

In a project combining participation from the university and private enterprise, this 1,000-car parking garage was built on an existing surface lot on the southwest portion of the campus at its most visible intersection. This phase I garage—the first of three planned over the next 10 years—houses 10,816 square feet of retail space on the ground level. This retail space includes student support entities such as a bookstore and print shop. Adjacent to the campus’ basketball arena, the masonry and precast garage provides additional parking for special events.

The design of the garage matches the palette of materials, such as St. Joe brick and limestone colored cast stone, recently used on new campus structures.