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Institutional | UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON STUDENT HOUSING Home Sweet Home T NEW HOUSING OPTIONS HELP THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ATTRACT STUDENTS. BY BROOKE INFUSINO he transition of the University of Houston (UH) from an urban commuter campus into a research institution that full-time undergraduate and graduate/professional students call home is turning into a reality, thanks to a strategic plan to develop a variety of housing options. In the past two years, the university has successfully developed housing for graduate and professional students, as well as an undergraduate dormitory. “We had record enrollment this year with 37,000 students on campus,” Vice Chancellor of Plant Operations David Irvin says. “Our masterplan estimates that we’ll grow to 45,000 students, possibly in the next five years. “Our board of regents has two main goals: one is to turn this school into a tier 1 research school and the other is student success,” Irvin notes. “We know that students who live in campus housing do better, they stay longer and graduate with higher grade point averages.” However, unlike campus housing in the past, Irvin says, new projects are not one-size-fitsall. “We are trying to provide different housing options that can meet the needs of our students, no matter where they’re at in their education,” he notes. environment with more individualized rooms, as opposed to communal spaces featured in traditional dormitories. Undergraduates, on the other hand, wanted privacy within their personal dorm, but larger communal spaces to socialize with their peers. Creating the Plan As a part of the preliminary planning for both projects, the university researched students’ housing needs. “Before we started the process of aggressively adding to our housing stock, we did market studies and focus groups with the help of consultants to determine what students wanted,” Irvin says. “Both projects are very student-driven in terms of scope.” The research revealed that graduate students were looking for housing close to campus that offered a quiet atmosphere in a high-end living Calhoun Lofts The start of the university’s transition to a tier 1 school started in early 2008, when the university embarked on an upscale, apartment-style housing project, the Calhoun Lofts. Located north of the Bauer College of Business and University of Houston Student Housing • Location: Houston • Scope: New graduate and undergraduate housing a “We cannot just buildvide building – we have to progoing the to experiences that are success.” contribute to tions –David Irvin, vice chancellor of plant opera »The University of Houston is preparing for its newest addition to its housing portfolio – a 1,172-bed freshman dormitory known as Wheeler Housing. 180 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - December 2009
2010 Construction Forecast
Special Focus
Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
Q.B. Construction
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
REIG Capital
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
Profitable Contractor
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
S.T. Wooten
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
J.F. White
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Industry Trends
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Swinerton Builders
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Bird Construction
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Construction Coach
Polimeni International
Greenpark Homes
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Construction Law
Centerpoint Builders
Last Look: DANSY

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