University of Houston Guy V. Lewis Development Facility

Houston, TX

Project Description

The University of Houston’s new Guy V. Lewis Development Facility is the home for the Houston Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs. It is intended to enhance the university’s recruiting efforts as well as elevate the development and performance of the student athletes.

The new facility was designed to be the base for the future Hofheinz Pavilion renovation. Designers overcame a very tight site between the existing Hofheinz Pavilion and adjacent streets by creating a unique multi-level scheme that wraps around the existing facade of the dated arena and provides a new progressive building image and identity for the Cougars’ basketball program. While the use of brick on the exterior acknowledges the overall aesthetic of many campus buildings, the team introduced two other materials to tie to the facility’s use. The abstracted pattern on the metal cladding is based on the unfolded lines on a basketball, and the wood in the front entry references the surface of the court’s floor.