University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, Computer Lab Renovation

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM

    Brave / Architecture

  • CLIENT

    School of Communication

  • AREA

    5,500 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $418,707.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2007

Several years ago, in order to cater successfully to the University of Houston’s Communication Technology Center’s (CTC) 1,700 undergraduate and 100 graduate students, the dean of the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences began a campaign to improve the layout, infrastructure and help desk.

The renovation is a collaborative ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$76.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation among UH’s Facilities Planning and Construction, CTC staff members, the architect and general contractor. Today, the revitalized center enjoys Phase I renovations, which include state-of-the-art touchscreen technology, two computer laboratories, one conference room, an open lab work space, two collaborative workstations with 42-inch touchscreen LCD monitors and a centralized support team. It also includes a climate-controlled server room, an electrical and work room, and offices for administrative staff.

The CTC opened as a centralized computing center in 1997 when the school’s dilapidated darkrooms and classrooms were modified to accommodate computers by phasing out darkroom equipment. Though lacking in aesthetics, the facility’s usage nearly doubled during the first two years of operation.