Construction will begin in April 2012 on Cougar Village II, a student residence facility consisting of approximately 274 two-bedroom shared bath units, 2 apartments for resident staff, approximately 36 individual apartments for resident assistants, and related amenities.
The project is the second phase of two similar residence facilities to be located along Wheeler Street at the southern edge of the UH campus, to complete Cougar Village Freshman Housing. Each student bedroom shall accommodate two beds for a total capacity of 1,144 beds. Amenities shall include a reception area/lobby with security desk, central and floor lounges, computer room, laundry rooms, two multi-purpose classrooms, fitness area, an outside-accessed living-learning center with 2 staff offices, floor kitchenettes, and vending areas with electrical power and data service. Support spaces shall include housekeeping and custodial closets, mail center, storage/maintenance rooms, IT and building systems closets, trash room and chute, and elevators and equipment rooms.
Typical resident floors shall be designed to accommodate groups of 32 students per 1 student resident assistant. These groups of approximately 32 students will share a common living room/lounge area with the bedrooms located nearby. Adjacent exterior courtyards will support outdoor activities and feature landscaping, seating, bike parking, artwork, and site lighting. Site paving will create and reinforce strong pedestrian / bicycle connections with campus. All site improvements shall complement and enhance the Cougar Village Phase 1 project, including a securable courtyard that creates a large gathering place for campus-wide events and informal recreation.
The building will be approximately 288,000 GSF and seven stories. The estimated project cost is $50,000,000 and the completed facility is expected to be available for occupancy Fall 2013.
Questions about this project may be directed to Dean Ruck, Senior Project Manager in Facilities Planning and Construction (713-743-8030), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.