University of Houston Downtown Wellness and Success Center

Houston, Texas
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
Fitness Center - Climbing Walls
Outdoor Escape
Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics
Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center
Fitness Center - Free-Weight Equipment
Fitness Center - Strength Equipment
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/GrandstandsSheridan Seating
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Lighting
Lithonia Lighting
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems
Audionate - Dante
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Volleyball Nets and StandardsSports Imports
Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Wall Padding
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Basketball
Connor Sports
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Multipurpose
Connor Sports
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Track
Tarkett Sports
Indoor Sports Surfaces - Volleyball
Connor Sports
Laundry - Dryers
Speed Queen
Laundry - Washers
Speed Queen
Locker/Shower - Flooring
Mosa Tile
Locker/Shower - Lockers
Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions
Hadrian Toilet Partitions