UH-Sugarland expansion update

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It will be at least two years until UH-Sugar Land opens a new 150,000-square-foot academic building at its site near the corner of University Boulevard and Hwy. 59. The $54 million expansion will allow the university to expand on-site course options for the College of Technology and the College of Education.

Plans include an exhibit hall in the new building and a water feature made out of water retention channels on-site. No designs are finalized. UH-Sugar Land has about 5,000 students, and McPherson expects the campus to be able to support up to 8,000 students upon full build-out. A second building, also 150,000 square feet, is planned after the first building opens in the 2018-19 school year.

The southwest corner of the property is proposed for public-private partnerships, McPherson said. Fluor Corp. gave the school $1 million to create the Fluor-UH Industrial Construction Management Education Partnership for research and professional development.

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From today’s launch event

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University of Houston at Sugar Land breaks ground on its newest building

The University of Houston at Sugar Land held a groundbreaking ceremony at the campus Friday for its new College of Technology building.

Local and state officials were present, including Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman, Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert, Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson, state Senator Lois Kolkhorst and state Representatives John Zerwas and Rick Miller.

Senior university officials spoke at the ceremony, including UH Chancellor Renu Khator and Jay Neal, associate vice president and chief operating officer at UH-Sugar Land and UH-Katy.

“The activities, research, instruction and projects that come from our new College of Technology building will be fueled with the drive and innovation that is UH—tier one in Greater Fort Bend County,” Neal said.

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(Ryon Adams) #6

So is the entire College of Technology moving off-campus?

If so, then I’d regard this as a mistake.

We’ve been trying to attract more students to live on campus for years now. Suppose someone comes to UH, lives on campus, and then decides to study technology?

Is that person now going to be forced into commuter status by having to drive out to Sugar Land? It seems to me that this would represent a bit of a step backwards in our efforts to shake the whole “commuter school” image.

Why couldn’t the College of Technology put its new building on the main campus?

(Patrick) #7

No, I believe this is just an off-campus location to try to utilize the technology companies over in Sugarland. College of Technology will still have on-campus buildings and be housed at the main campus.

As far as commuting, UH provides a shuttle from the main campus. From the College of Technology main site:

The University of Houston provides no-cost shuttle service to UH Sugar Land. To ride, students must provide a copy of their current schedule (indicating enrollment in at least one UH course at UH Sugar Land) to the UH Sugar Land Student Services office in the George Building (AMG 101). IDs will not be checked for the first two weeks of the semester to allow students to get their required UH Sugar Land ID.

(Ryon Adams) #8

Ah, OK. That’s better! In that case, I can support this!

(Patrick) #9

Just drove by this last week and was amazed at how fast they’ve been able to get this up.

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