Out with the Old, In with the New

Demolition of ERP 9B for the expansion of the Petroleum Engineering Department


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Energy Research Park (ERP) is located within a mile of the UH campus that spans over 74-acres. ERP has 692,000 square feet of office space and industrial park that is currently occupied by offices, warehouses, laboratories and classrooms.

One of the many construction projects at ERP includes a renovation of building 9B. The Cullen College of Engineering (CCoE), Department of Petroleum Engineering is ready to accommodate the mass enrollment of students with an expansion to ERP. This project will entail two new teaching labs, a 50-seat computer lab, a 254-seat auditorium, and a 70 seat classroom. This space will also include new faculty offices and spaces available for graduate students.  With the intent to hire more faculty, this advancement allows undergraduate students work in an expanded environment. i.jpg

This project includes a demolition of the existing 9B building which is scheduled to happen this summer. 9B is currently a wood structure facility attached to 9A. Utilities supporting both sections of the building will be rerouted. Originally an electrical shop, 9B is a 24,700 square feet, 1 story structure. An accomplishment for this project was the ability to reuse the existing foundation, which was a significant hurdle at the start of the project. The objective is to leave as much undisturbed soil as possible. Once construction is complete, 9B will connect seamlessly to 9A and be referred to as Building 9.


This project is not predicted to impact parking for faculty, staff and students. Occasionally there will be closed sections of the roads that will be communicated through UH Facilities Outage/Construction Notifications.


UH Facilities Construction Project Manager Margarita Arevalo is overseeing this construction project. She is coordinating these efforts with the project team, which includes architects, engineers, and contractors, as well as the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Transwestern and the Office of Real Estate Services. She is excited to work on this project because she sees it as an opportunity to showcase the resources ERP has available.