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Core Building Renovations

Project Description

The goal of the Core Renovation Project is to strategically renovate the buildings that form the general education core of the central University of Houston campus. These buildings are home to a substantial number of classrooms, labs, faculty offices and departmental headquarters. They are heavily utilized by students and faculty. The renovation plan includes addresses deferred maintenance issues, modernization of the facility and building systems and aligning the interior spaces with the occupants needs.

The buildings to be renovated include: Agnes Arnold Hall, Charles F. McElhinney Hall, Roy G.Cullen, Science Research & Engineering Center, Science & Research I and the Science Building.

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Current Status

UH Facilities Planning & Construction has been working very closely with Broaddus Planning on the massive programming effort for the Core Renovations. UH FP&C and Broaddus have met with stakeholder representatives from the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.  These are the two Colleges primarily impacted by the renovations.  The essential information gained from these meetings was used to develop the preliminary overall construction schedule for the renovations.

 An RFQ has been issued for the architectural design services and the construction manager at risk.  Once the contracts are executed, the design process will begin for the first buildings scheduled to be renovated.  The renovations will occur over a 6-year period and are expected to be complete by the end of 2024. 

 The preliminary renovation schedule is listed below and will be confirmed by the Project Management Team at a later date:  


Science & Engineering Research Center (SERC)

Reparative Work                              Summer 2018 - Spring 2020                         

Old Science Renovation

Construction                                      Summer 2018 – Summer 2019

 Roy G. Cullen (single phase)

Construction                                      Fall 2019 – Fall 2020


 Charles F. McElhinney (multi-phase)

Phase I Construction                      Fall 2020 – Fall 2021

Phase II Construction                     Fall 2021 – Fall 2022


Agnes Arnold Hall

Phase I Construction                      Fall 2022 – Summer 2023

Phase II Construction                     Summer 2023 - Summer 2024

Phase III Construction                    Summer 2024 – Winter 2024


Science & Research I (ongoing, multi-phase)

Phase I Construction                      Fall 2019 – Summer 2020

Phase II Construction                     Fall 2020 – Fall 2021

Phase III Construction                    Fall 2021 – Summer 2022

Phase IV Construction                   Summer 2022 – Summer 2023

Phase V Construction                     Fall 2023 – Summer 2024

Phase VI Construction             Summer 2024 – Winter 2024

UH FP&C Project Team: 

Christa Rieck - Executive Director of Planning
Jennifer McPhail - Sr. Facilities Planner