Houston Community College, Angela V. Morales Building

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM



    Houston Community College

  • AREA

    61,105 sq.ft.





The college required classrooms, open computer labs, a student lounge, offices for administrators, faculty workstations for full-time faculty and storage for adjunct faculty. The building was to be situated immediately adjacent to the existing three-story classroom structure and connected to it on at least one level.

The design response was a three-story building ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$96.45FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio faculty offices, student lounge and lecture hall on level one; connecting bridge, computer labs and classrooms on the second level, and classrooms and offices on the third. Classrooms for 625 and computer stations for 375 are available. Sitework included a patio, which blended the buildings and parking for 240 cars.

Complementing the existing structure, the exterior is a study of geometric shapes with strong masonry banding, square-punched windows and graceful lanterns that light stairwells at the ends. An aluminum and glass curtainwall highlights the new entry.

The interior design concept develops the classic details of traditional architecture with a twist. Classic dentil molding was redefined and stretched, accenting rotunda walls, and the dome forms the base for a future mural depicting student cultures. Soothing colors of greens, maize and clay welcome the students. Columns in the student lounge articulate with sconces to echo the building’s geometry.

Photographer: ©Aker/Zvonkovic Photography