The new University of Houston System campus in Katy is almost ready for students this August.
The three-story, 80,000-square-foot building is shaped like a V and will have capacity for about 2,000 students, said Jay Neal, the associate vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Houston at Sugar Land and the University of Houston at Katy.
Both UH-Katy and UH-Victoria at Katy—which has been operating at 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Bldg. 2, Katy, since fall 2016—will be housed at the new campus. UH-Katy will have about 200 enrolled students in the first semester, Neal said. Meanwhile, UH-Victoria at Katy will have about 1,000 students enrolled, said Karla DeCuir, the senior director of enrollment management and external affairs at UH-Victoria at Katy.
The first floor of the building, located at 22400 Grand Circle Blvd., Katy, includes a student lounge, a virtual library with computers, some classrooms and studio spaces, Neal said. Additionally, an informational office, security and a technology help desk will have space on the first floor. In addition to a self-serve convenience store, there will also be a multipurpose room that can hold about 120 students or be spit into two classrooms.
One wing of the second floor has classrooms, while the other wing houses UH-V at Katy offices. Where the wings meet, there is a common area in a loft style above the main entrance and student lounge area.
The third floor includes UH-Katy nursing and engineering department offices on one wing. The other wing includes mock hospital rooms and other nursing-specific learning spaces for students earning their Bachelor of Science in nursing. When the wings meet, there is additional seating as well as access to a patio with views of Katy Asian town, San Remo Apartments and the future new home of Houston Community College-Katy.
Over the next few weeks, construction crews will install concrete, a 400-space parking lot and landscaping, Neal said. There will be several green spaces for students to relax and study outside, too.
UH-Katy and UH-Victoria at Katy will only offer junior-, senior- and graduate-level classes. UH-Katy will host engineering and nursing departments, while UH-Victoria at Katy will offer degrees from the school of arts and sciences, the school of business administration as well as the school of education, health professions and human development.
The UH System funded the building with $46.8 million in construction bonds approved in 2015 by the Texas Legislature. SmithGroup designed the facility, while Tellepsen was the general contractor for the project, according to a press release from UH-Victoria at Katy.
The UH System is working on plans to construct more buildings on the 40-acre site over the next 10 to 15 years, Neal said.