If walls could speak, one of the University of Houston’s oldest buildings would have some tales to tell. Now, donated funds, services and materials are making the Burdette Keeland, Jr, Design and Exploration Center talk of the town.
The former auto shop, print shop and band hall was recycled to preserve a piece of UH history and to create a facility for architectural and industrial design students at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.
It’s also the greenest building on campus featuring Houston’s only roof with actual vegetation growing on it. Green roofs such as this one offer an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional roofs.
Named for the late UH architecture professor, the center was made possible by a generous gift from the Harvey R. Houck Jr. and Patricia W. Houck Foundation. It also relied on donated materials and labor from area construction firms and other individuals. W.S. Bellows served as contractor for the project, while UH architecture professor Geoffery Brune donated his services.
“This center will further extend our students’ ability to make their ideas real,” said Joe Mashburn, dean of the college. “It’s an extension of what we do in the college—make ideas work.”