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UH Welcome Center, Parking Garage, and Retail

STOA International Architects, Inc. / UH Welcome Center, Parking Garage, and Retail

UH Welcome Center, Parking Garage, and Retail

This mixed-use development incorporates, for the first time, a building type uncommonly used on university campuses integrating a welcome center, retail space, and the first parking garage on campus. 

The University of Houston Welcome Center is designed to provide visitors and students information about the university as a whole and also serve as a student service center where students can seek help with their academics and more.

The very first parking garage sports an architectural academic style houses a total of 1500 car spaces distributed through five total levels to accommodate the high demand for parking at the university. Retail shops fronting a large plaza corroborate an all-day demand for activities in this key location on campus. The building has been highly acclaimed by visiting officials from other universities. The University of Houston Welcome Center, Parking Garage, and Retail project received an Outstanding Design award in the category of Student Centers/ Service Areas by the 2007 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase. 

Other Design Awards Also Include:

– Golden Trowel Honorable Mention for Outstanding Education
– College/University Design by the Texas Masonry Contractors
– Golden Trowel Award for Outstanding Masonry Design by the Associated Masonry Contractors of Houston.



University of Houston


4800 Calhoun Road, Entrance 1, Houston, Texas 77004



Project Size:

Parking Structure for 1500 Cars University Welcome Center 2,000 SF University Space 22,000 SF Retail Space 12,000 SF


$25.8 M


Higher Education


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