The centerpiece of one of the largest campus transformations in the nation, the new facility celebrates the university's evolution from a largely commuter campus to a nationally recognized Tier One research university with a strong athletic program. We more than doubled the size of the existing building to better meet student needs and enhance the campus life experience.
The design seamlessly blends modernization and new construction, integrating larger flexible gathering spaces with more formally designated service and administrative spaces. The west side of the building is defined by the flexible open space of the new Legacy Lounge. On the north side are collaborative spaces dedicated to student organizations, while the addition on the east houses food services and amenities.

WTW Architects was Associate Architect.

Building Facts

  • 92,000 GSF modernization
  • 240,000 GSF new
  • bowling alley
  • 450-seat theater



Awards & Honors

  1. The National American Architecture Award for Design Excellence

    Chicago Athenaeum & The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design & Urban Studies

  2. AIA Houston Design Award

    AIA Houston


The design reimagines a bunker-like 1960s building with a brutalist concrete façade and uninviting atrium to create a dynamic, light-filled destination. Visual connectivity and variously scaled gathering places unite the expansive facility.

Modernization Community Impact

Welcome to Our New Student Center

Join grad student Erika for a tour of all the exciting new facility has to offer: food court, game room, theater, spaces for study, socializing, meetings - and more.

Community Impact

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