The University of Texas San Antonio, Alvarez Hall

Collegiate & Higher Education, Student Housing, Austin / Central Texas


San Antonio, Texas


182,000 sf

Project Features
  • 616-bed student dormitory
  • Community rooms
  • Study lounges
  • Kitchen
  • Creative storm water solutions

Kirksey + Lake|Flato collaborated on the new University of Texas at San Antonio Student Housing Complex. The project consists of two 4-story wings  housing 618 single bedroom with shared bathroom units. Organized around individual courtyards, the wings reinforce the campus vernacular as expressed by the campus Master Plan while establishing a new precedent for the campus material palette. A centrally located Commons Pavilion connects the two residential wings and harkens back to the original campus modernist design and material palette. Housing meeting and activity rooms, security, a community kitchen, computer lab and resident hall support spaces, the Commons Pavilion serves as both the front door to the facility and an anchor for the future Residential quadrangle  as proposed by the Master Plan.

The site is challenged with an existing network of utilities that cross the site. The design creatively integrates storm water and other utilities to control cost while anticipating future campus growth.

Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve's experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 21-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm's membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.