University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Houston, TX

Project Description

This student recreational and wellness facility includes an indoor 70-meter pool with multiple diving platforms from one- to ten-meters, an outdoor recreation pool, an indoor running track, and basketball and racquetball courts.
Facilities are arranged to engage the user or visitor from the moment they enter. Views from many areas overlook other activities within the building and over the UH campus to the downtown skyline and beyond.

The building is sited at the eastern edge of the campus near student housing and existing parking for convenient access for users. The siting also helps achieve campus master planning goals by framing a new, major entrance from urban scale roadways. Brick and limestone-toned precast concrete trim visually ties the building to others on the campus. The soaring interior spaces of the entry and student pavilion provide a nighttime lantern which serves as a campus beacon. This project was designed in partnership with Hughes Group Architects.