Don and Mona Smith Hall
The new student housing project is adjacent to the Student Center/Learning Commons. The $22.8 million, 81,353 square foot building is a three story facility which includes 280 beds for sophomores and upper level students, two classrooms, programming space, reception area, laundry, and common kitchens on every floor.
Architect: Brave Architecture
Construction Manager: Morganti Texas, Inc.
Project Completed Fall 2020
University South (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM))
University South is located adjacent to University Center and directly across from the University North and is a $28 million, 59,985 square foot STEM facility featuring state of the art learning spaces providing students with advanced anatomy, physiology, biology, and biochemistry tools towards careers in the medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health-related professions. Additionally University South includes a 120-seat classroom; computer software; motion capture, robotics, gaming, and computer software server labs, along with student collaboration spaces and a Visual Theater with immersive 210 degree screen.
Learning extends into the site capitalizing on stormwater management systems as teaching tools and research environments for the building’s ecology & botany programs. Integrate drain gardens retain and filter stormwater while creating micro-environments for native flora and fauna. A series of bridges float over the gardens prompting engagement as one enters the building. The gardens thoughtfully divert from hyper-utilitarian stormwater management ponds elsewhere on campus to create visual amenities that accommodate and celebrate rain events.
The UHV STEM Building was recognized with an honorable mention award during the American Institute of Architects Corpus Christi Chapter's 2019 Design Awards Program.
Architect: Smith Group JJR
Construction Manager: BE&K Construction
Project Completed Spring 2021
Northwest Phase I (renovation of Town Plaza Mall)
The Northwest building consists of approximately 10 acres and 124,000 square feet. The site houses 50% of the library collection, Small Business Development Center, Regional Economic Development Center, Kinesiology classroom and lab spaces, climate controlled space for records retention and storage, and flex space for academic programs. The land allows for additional parking for students with an added shuttle bus stop.