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Sam Houston State University, Lowman Student Center Renovation


Project Details

ClientSam Houston State University

Architect: EYP

Location: Huntsville, TX

Delivery: Construction Manager-at-Risk


Project Overview

After completing an 80,000 SF addition to the student center, we renovated all three floors of the existing facility, focusing on the highest-impact areas. The renovation connects the three levels together to better facilitate movement through the new expansion. Level One functions as the social floor, Level Two serves as the main entrance, and Level Three is dedicated to office and meeting space. We strategically phased the project to demolish and reconstruct the occupied spaces with minimal disruption.

Unique Challenge

We identified over $1 million in savings by proposing alternate materials that still achieved the design intent. One recommendation replaced linear metal ceilings with lower cost gypsum board acoustical ceilings. While the Owner was amenable to the substitution, without the metal ceilings, the overall design fell short of the architect's vision for the space. After project buyout, we redirected savings to a higher quality acoustical cloud ceiling system, a solution that fulfilled the design intent while saving the project $120,000.

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