University of Houston, Writing Center Renovations

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    Basic Industries, Inc.


    University of Houston, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

  • AREA

    2,056 sq.ft.





The University of Houston Writing Center, situated on the second floor of Agnes Arnold Hall, moved to its current location in 2001 after the previous site suffered extensive damage from Tropical Storm Allison. In its 2007 renovation, two rooms were added and one existing room was remodeled to better serve the increased number of students, faculty and staff that use ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$33.30FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation center’s services.

The Writing Center maintains numerous programs to provide five basic services: writing in the disciplines partnerships, developmental English courses, English as a Second Language instruction, faculty support and writing consultations via peer tutors.

The Writing Center’s activities required that the renovations enable one room to accommodate up to 50 persons, with the other two rooms serving smaller groups.  In keeping with the room-to-room connection and multi-purpose design of the existing space, a large expanse of interior glass windows and two glass doors were included in the renovated rooms, as well as multipurpose furnishings and wiring for computer networking to accommodate large-group lectures, smaller seminar classes, cluster areas for tutoring and office space.