2023 Facilities of Merit Winner: UHD Wellness and Success Center

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Construction Cost: $30.3 million

Area / Square Feet: 74,000

Occupancy Date: December 2022

Part of the University of Houston System, the University of Houston–Downtown serves a growing student body of 14,000. One of the university’s goals for this developing campus is to establish a dynamic campus core and nurture an on-campus community. It identified wellness as a key to student success and prioritized a prime location to show the institution’s commitment to the wellbeing of its students.

With its bold architecture, the new Wellness and Success Center helps define the campus vernacular and introduces a hub of services to engage students with campus life. The center includes fitness and recreation amenities such as sports courts, a strength training area, cardio and group fitness studios, and an elevated track. It also features a wellness suite for quiet respite, a demonstration kitchen where students can cook and learn about nutrition, and a student lounge space vital to building community on what is largely a commuter campus.

Land constraints inspired defining architectural features that embrace the campus and capitalize on downtown views. Soaring spatial volume throughout and ample use of glass bring in natural light and offer visual connections among fitness areas, the central lobby area and the outdoors, where the synergy of entry plazas between the wellness center and the recently completed science and tech building form a landmark identity for this growing campus.



Dallas, Texas 


HarrisonKornberg Architects 

Dallas, Texas 


Fitness Center - Cardiovascular Equipment - Precor/Technogym/Assault

Fitness Center - Climbing Walls - Outdoor Escape

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics - Connor

Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center - Ecore

Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment - Ecore

Fitness Center - Strength Equipment - Ecore

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports - PSS/Gared

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands - Sheridan Seating

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains - PSS/Gared

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting - Lithonia Lighting

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems - Electro-Mech

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems- Audionate - Dante

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and Standards - Sports Imports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding - PSS/Gared

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball - Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose - Connor Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - TrackTarkett Sports

Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball - Connor Sports

Laundry - Dryers - Speed Queen

Laundry - Washers - Speed Queen

Locker/Shower - Flooring - Mosa Tile

Locker/Shower - Lockers - Hollman 

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions - Hadrian Toilet Partitions

Click the image below for a dynamic digital experience of UHD Wellness and Success: 

Wellness and Success Center University of Houston-Downtown - June 06, 2023 at 18.58.18
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