University of Houston, University Lofts

Collegiate & Higher Education, Student Housing


Houston, Texas


550,000 sf

Project Features
  • 984-bed housing complex
  • Retail space
  • Fitness center
  • Study lounges
  • Two roof-top terraces
Kirksey, in association with Pepper Lawson Construction, recently completed a new 984-bed graduate and professional student housing complex on the University of Houston campus. This 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-story complex hosts a combination of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments. Loft features include 10-foot ceilings, kitchens with granite countertops, a stove, refrigerator and microwave (dishwashers in 2-bedroom units), furnished and unfurnished options, universal wi-fi, web-interfaced room thermostats, and exposed concrete ceilings and floors for a modern, urban feel. The project also contains retail space and various amenity spaces including a fitness center, nine laundry lounges, community room, two classrooms, 15 study lounges, sky lounge, movie theater and two roof-top terraces with views across the campus and city.

The project is located in the northeast corner of the UH campus, adjacent to the Bauer College of Business, the Law Center, and the Cullen College of Engineering. This project is designed to meet the needs of the target population of single and married graduate and professional students. It also offers opportunities for the larger campus community to co-mingle, and to enjoy leisure time in a relaxing environment.
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.

  • Texas Construction Magazine, Top Projects, 2008
  • ASA Houston, Excellence in Construction, Project of the Year, 2009
  • ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, Institutional Education, 2010
  • Learning by Design, Honorable Mention Award, 2010
  • AGC Houston Chapter, APEX Award: Multifamily/Residential, 2010
  • Houston Business Journal Landmark Award: Special Project, 2010
  • Golden Trowel Honor Award: Educational Facility, 2011