Comprehensive History

  • August 6, 2007 – RFQ for UC Master Plan posted to Texas marketplace
  • August 14, 2007 – RFQ for UC Master Plan Pre-Proposal Meeting
  • September 4, 2007 – Due date for statements of qualifications
  • November 19, 2007 – Presentation/Interview phase for RFQ
  • November 26, 2007 – Meeting to Discuss and Select Contractor; Recommendation to Select Holzman Moss
  • January 15, 2008 – University of Houston sends contract award notification to Holzman Moss Architecture
  • January 17, 2008 – Holzman Moss Provides Scope of Service and terms of agreement to University of Houston for RFQ process
  • February 15, 2008 – University of Houston enters into contracts with Holzman Moss Architecture in association with Brailsford and Dunlavey, Campus Bookstore Consulting, and Shah Smith and Associates.
  • February 19 and 20, 2008 – First Holzman Moss Visit to UH Campus
    • Strategic Asset Value Analysis with stakeholders and leadership team
    • Student Needs Assessment via Information Boards
  • March 10 and 11, 2008 – Second Holzman Moss Visit to Campus
    • Focus Groups with Student Body and Building Stakeholders
    • MEP (Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing) Assessment
    • Preparation for First Survey
  • March 27 and 28, 2009 – Bookstore Consultant Visit to Campus
    • Bookstore consultants met with UH Bookstore staff to discuss needs in new facility.
  • April 4, 2008 –  First Survey Goes Live
    • Faculty/Staff Survey assessed needs and desires for new University Center building
    • Student survey assessed the above as well as student tolerance for a fee increase
  • April 14, 2008 – First Survey Closes
    • Response Rate
      • 2615 Undergraduate and 879 Graduate Student Responses (total 3494)
      • 837 Faculty/Staff responses
    • Results
      • 40% of students indicated likelihood to support fee increase of $75-$125 per semester
      • 48% indicated unlikelihood to support fee increase of $75-$125 per semester
      • 12% undecided
  • April 14-16, 2008 – Site visits to 4 peer institutions
    • Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis
    • San Diego State University
    • University of California – San Diego
    • Texas Tech University
  • April 23-24, 2008 – Third Holzman Moss Visit to UH Campus
    • Update to Student Government Association on Progress
    • Survey Results
  • May 6, 2008 – Fourth Holzman Moss Visit to UH Campus
    • Presentation of UC Master Plan Cost Models
  • June 13, 2008 – Fifth Holzman Moss Visit to UH Campus
    • Presentation of MEP Report
    • Presentation of Existing Conditions Assessment
    • Formulation of University Center site options (Including a third University Center facility located by Robertson Stadium)
  • July 11, 2008 – Sixth Holzman Moss Visit to UH Campus
    • Presentation of Full Master Plan Report Including Recommendations
  • August 2008 – UC2010 Initiative Founded to Pursue Student Fee Increase to Finance Transformed University Center
  • September 24, 2008 – SGA Authorizes Student Referendum
  • September 26, 2008 – Site Visit to University of South Florida
  • October 16, 2008 – Second Survey Goes Live
  • October 24, 2008 – Second Survey Closes
    • Response Rate
      • 5302 Respondents, Only Students
    • Results
      • Highest % (32.28%) of student population selected “Option C” (transformation project) as their favorite
      • 70.4% of students also indicated likely to support Option C and fee increase through referendum
  • November 18 and 19, 2008 – UC2010 Student Referendum
    • 4161 Votes
    • 3204 (77%) In Support of Referendum
    • 957 (23%) Not In Support of Referendum
  • February 2009 – UC Student Fee Increase Endorsed by SFAC
  • April 1, 2009 – Testimony to Texas Congressional Higher Education Subcommittee in support of HB2961, Relating to an increase in the Student Union Fee at the University of Houston
  • May 20, 2009 – Testimony to Texas Senate Higher Education Subcommittee in support of HB2961
  • June 19, 2009 – HB2961 Signed into law by Governor Perry, takes effect immediately
  • August 31, 2009 – UC2010 Student Leaders present project plan and scope to Provost Antel
  • September 16 and 30, 2009 – SGA Certifies Results of Referendum, Supports $25 Fee Increase Effective FY11
  • October 1, 2009 – UC2010 Leadership presents UC Transformation project plan and scope to Staff Council
  • October 21, 2009 – UC2010 Leadership presents UC Transformation project plan and scope to Faculty Senate; Faculty Senate Strongly Endorses It (http://www.uh.edu/fs/minutes/102109_mins.html)
  • November 2, 2009 – Student meeting with Dr. Carlucci and Dr. Lee.  Dr. Carlucci proposes 2-phase implementation of UC Transformation Project and 2-Phase Fee Model
  • November 2, 2009 – Launch of “New UC” brand
  • January 27, 2010 – SGA Updates Previous UC Fee Recommendation; Approves Increase of $50 effective FY2011.
  • February 8, 2010 – The New UC Student Leadership Team presents progress to SFAC
  • February 10, 2010 -- $50 UC Fee Increase Effective FY11 approved by Board of Regents Administration and Finance Committee Unanimously
  • February 17, 2010 -- $50 UC Fee Increase Effective FY11 approved by full Board of Regents Unanimously
  • April 5, 2010 – Meeting with Administration and Finance staff to discuss UC Project; UC staff informed that the UH Bookstore is no longer able to financially support a space in UC Addition.
  • April 6-16, 2010 – Formulation of new design for 3-floor addition featuring retail and Health Center on first floor instead of bookstore.
  • Summer 2010 – Formulation of new design for 2-floor addition containing essential services with a 3rd floor add-alternate ballroom and terrace.
  • August 2010 - Consideration and Approval from the UH Facilities Committee
  • August 2010 - Consideration and Approval from UH Board of Regents Committee(s) for University Center Transformation Project Phase 1 Scope
  • August 2010 - Consideration and Approval from UH Board of Regents for University Center Transformation Project Phase 1 Scope
  • September-December 2010 - Comprehensive assessment of MEP, HVAC, and Structural Systems
  • Spring 2011 - Advertise for Professional Architecture and Design Team – Phase 1 and 2
  • Spring 2011 - Advertise for Construction Team – Phase 1 and 2
  • May 2011 - Consideration and Approval from the Student Government Association for an increase in the UC Fee to be $135/Fall and Spring Semesters and$67.50 for Sumer Semesters as of FY2013**
  • June 2011 - Select Professional Architecture and Design Team
  • June 2011 - Select Project Construction Team
  • June 2011 - Consideration and Approval from UH Board of Regents Committee(s) for
    • University Center Transformation Project Amended Site and Scope
  • June 2011 - Consideration and Approval from UH Board of Regents for University Center Transformation Project Amended Site and Scope
  • August 2011 - Consideration and Approval from UH Board of Regents Committee(s) for FY2013 University Center Fee Increase
  • August 2011 - Consideration and Approval from UH Board of Regents for FY2013 University Center Fee Increase
  • Summer/Fall 2011 - Program Confirmation and Concept Design for UC Transformation
  • Summer/Fall 2011 - Design Documents for UC Transformation
  • Fall 2011 - Consideration and Approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
  • June 2012-November 2013 – Construction—Phase 1
  • February 2013 – Cornerstone Dedication, North Addition
  • April 2013 – Topping Ceremony, North Addition
  • December 2013 - Substantial Completion – Phase 1**
  • February  2014 - Grand Opening – UC Transformation Project—Phase 1**
  • January 2014-December 2014 – Construction—Phase 2**
  • February 2015 -  Grand Opening – The NEW University Center Complex**

**These dates are based on an aggressive design and construction schedule. They are tentative.