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University of Houston, Fertitta Family College of Medicine


Project Details

ClientUniversity of Houston

Architect: Page

Location: Houston, TX

Delivery: Construction Manager-at-Risk


Project Overview

This is the first of several planned buildings in UH’s new medical school campus. The new Fertitta Family College of Medicine includes a state-of-the-art anatomy suite, a clinical skills lab, patient examination rooms, a simulation center, classrooms, social and study spaces, and offices. The exterior façade is comprised of basalt stone and limestone masonry, curtainwall, spandrel, and vision glass systems. Also, a new central utility plant supports building operations. The building was designed to LEED standards and is on track to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Unique Challenge

This building is located on 43 acres of previously undeveloped property, so environmental conservation was a major focus. The site was home to a pair of bald eagles, which are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. To protect the eagles, their eaglets, and their habitat, we erected an exclusion fence at a 330-foot radius around the nesting site. We also used down lighting and noise barricades to ensure construction activities would not negatively impact the eagles’ normal routine.

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