UH plans expansion at Pearland campus

Jul 22, 2016, 8:31am CDT
Jack Witthaus
Web producer
Houston Business Journal

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The University of Houston System continues to grow out in the ‘burbs.

UH-Clear Lake Pearland campus will add a 52,000-square-foot health sciences building on donated land adjacent to its current digs, Community Impact reports.

Construction is slated to start in March 2017, and the building is planned for a fall 2018 opening, UHCL President William Staples told Community Impact. About $24.6 million in tuition revenue bonds for the UHCL system is set to fund the new building.

The campus, located at 1200 Pearland Parkway, plans to expand its bachelor’s in nursing program with the new building, Staples said to Community Impact. He also said UHCL-Pearland could eventually be a four-year university like UH’s main campus.

Out in Katy, the UH system board of regents recently approved the purchase of 46 acres near the intersection of the Grand Parkway and Interstate 10 for its new UH University Park campus. UH will pay $13.8 million for the plot of land and has an option to buy another 14.6 acres for $6.3 million if bought within the next 12 months.

UH has devoted $46.82 million in capital construction bonds for land and complete buildout of the Katy satellite campus. The UH system has hopes of accommodating 8,000 to 10,000 students over the next several years.

The UH system is also planning to offer bachelor’s- and master’s- level degree programs in engineering, business, education and other fields in Katy, starting in fall 2016, according to a release. The classes will take place at the Houston Community College Northwest-Katy Campus, located at 1550 Foxlake Dr., and at a facility leased by UH-Victoria at 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., building 2.




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