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. The design seamlessly blends modernization and new construction to create a dynamic campus destination, integrating larger flexible gathering spaces with more formally designated service and administrative spaces. More than doubling the size of the facility has enhanced the campus experience, fostering community among resident and commuting students, and advancing the University's institutional brand.

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 reinvents a bunker-like 1960s building with a brutalist concrete façade and uninviting atrium into an inviting destination space. To bring a new depth to the original building exterior and control solar heat gain, perforated stainless steel screens were extensively applied as a second skin.

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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