UH System requests $75M to expand Katy campus, continues construction

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The University of Houston System is asking the state Legislature for more funding to expand its Katy campus, currently under construction at 22502 Grand Circle Blvd., Katy.

The UH System is requesting an additional $75 million to build a 150,000-square-foot facility at the Katy campus, UH Director of Media Chris Stipes said via email.

Construction is underway on a $33 million, 80,000-square-foot building that will house UH’s engineering and nursing programs and the University of Houston-Victoria at Katy. UH System paid about $13 million for the 46-acre property.

“We know the tremendous growth in Katy and the expanding workforce needs,” Stipes said. “Therefore, we will need to continue to grow in that region. Essentially, we’re trying to get ahead of the game to plan for future growth by asking for this funding now.”

A timeline was not provided for this Katy campus expansion.

On the initial building, Stipes said as of Feb. 27, construction crews are working on mechanical and electrical systems, interior wall framing, roofing, and assembling the exterior walls and windows.

In March, crews were expected to begin paving the parking lot, and by mid-March permanent power is expected to be online, he added.

Substantial completion is expected in August, Stipes said. When the campus opens, UH-Katy will only offer junior-, senior- and graduate-level classes. Houston Community College’s Katy campus is expected to offer freshman- and sophomore-level courses and associate’s degrees that will directly transfer to UH Katy.

Correction: This story has been updated to show the correct name for University of Houston-Victoria at Katy. 

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