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NEWS RELEASE

Office of External Communications

Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax: 713.743.8199

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2007

Contact: Marisa Ramirez
713.743.8152 (office)
713.204.9798 (cell)
mrcannon@uh.edu

PHOTO, VIDEO OPPORTUNITY: TREES RELOCATED
TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW UH FACILITIES

The University of Houston is home to a host of beautiful, older trees that define the campus’ landscape. As the university moves forward in constructing facilities to better accommodate its students, it also is taking steps to preserve these trees and maintain the campus’ natural beauty.

From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, UH will excavate 25 mature oak trees next to UH’s C.T. Bauer College of Business and relocate them along Calhoun Road at the east end of campus. The trees are being moved to make room for the construction of a 552,000-square-foot professional and graduate student loft facility and Michael J. Cemo Hall, a 33,000-square-foot lecture hall.

UH is working with the firm Environmental Design to safely move the trees, which are about 20-feet tall. This relocation project will cost $225,000, approximately $9,000 per tree. These particular trees have not been appraised but at other institutions, similar oaks have been valued at $50,000 per tree.

In November 2006, the UH System Board of Regents approved the construction of a $96 million loft facility, which will house more than 700 apartments and 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail space. In May, the board approved the design and construction of Michael J. Cemo Hall, a $9-million building named in recognition of Regent Michael J. Cemo, who is providing the lead gift, $3 million, to help fund construction.

WHAT: Oak Tree Relocation at UH
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1
WHERE: University of Houston – Entrance 1
(at University Drive and Calhoun Road.)
Parking available in Lot 20 across from the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
WHO: University of Houston

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