Expansion and interior build-out of one of Houston’s icons was long overdue. JE Dunn Construction, a third-generation family-owned corporation specializing in construction management on projects of every size, was up to the challenge. With 22 offices throughout the nation, JE Dunn Construction has been delivering construction services for the past 25 years.
The University Center Tower Vertical Expansion included core and shell construction of a 43,230sf, two-story structure atop the existing seven-story parking structure. The new building ties into the existing main tower so it can be accessed through levels six and seven. To meet the structural requirements for a new structure on top of the existing garage, horizontal and vertical concrete beams were added.
The new building’s exterior is stucco and contains 150 punched window openings with a TPO roof.
The interior includes 39,259sf of classroom and office space with TerraMai wood paneling and over 5,000sf of dry-erase paint. Each office has interior window lights and a full glass door. The building contains a state-of-the-art AV system throughout.
Because the current structure was built nearly 50 years ago, many of the challenges were due simply to the building’s age.