Texas Southern University Student Housing 2017 Golden Trowel Winner

A new Student Residential facility for Texas Southern University features over 34-thousand ground face concrete masonry units from Best Block. The project, designed by Harrison Kornberg Architects, is a 2017 Golden Trowel winner in the class Education Facility (College/University)

The masonry contractor was Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. which had a complex list of materials to work with. From multiple sizes and finishes of brick to custom concrete masonry and lightweight block, crews building the the horseshoe shaped facility had their hands full.

"The construction of this project required special attention to detail," says Kevin M. Camarata, President and General Partner. "The masonry veneer consisted of two uniquely arranged modular brick patterns separated by two Onyx colored burnished (ground face) CMU stair towers."

Where appropriated, over 28-hundred lightweight concrete masonry units were used as backup for the seven-story freshman dorm.

“Our goal, as the masonry contractor, was to facilitate the architect’s design and to meet the owner’s budget. This was accomplished through a variety of value engineering suggestions that resulted in the final design.”

The 810-bed, 210,000 square foot residence hall is positioned at the edge of TSU’s campus. The facility includes 400 student rooms, and multiple academic/social spaces. The first floor has a fully functional cafeteria and other food vendor spaces along with two office reception areas.

Completed in 2016, the $41.5 M project at Houston's TSU is the result of a pilot program to encourage freshmen students to live on campus and participate in community, cultural, and educational events.

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