Guy V. Lewis Development Facility3875 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004
Design Achievement – Recruit and Prepare. That’s the simple, yet rigorous charge for the University of Houston’s new Guy V. Lewis Development Facility. DLR Group designed this new facility to enhance the University’s recruiting efforts and to elevate the development and performance of their student-athletes. Designers overcame the constraints of a very tight site between the existing, 45 year old Hofheinz Pavilion and adjacent streets by creating a unique multi-level scheme covering much of the existing façade of the dated arena. The new facade provides a new progressive building image and identity for the Cougars’ basketball program. The iconic 3-story entry atrium element unifies the player development, student-athlete and administration levels together. Shared spaces are centrally located, with identical student-athlete development wings extending from this central “corner” and main entry. This new home for the student-athletes further develops their abilities to succeed.
Scope Summary – This three-level, 53,000 SF Development Facility for Cougars’ men’s and women’s basketball teams consists of identical facilities for both men’s and women’s basketball programs, with each wing featuring a practice court, locker rooms, team lounges, nutrition center, academic/film rooms with tiered seating, a video editing suite, and coaching office suites with views to the practice court below. The teams share sports medicine, strength and conditioning, additional administrative areas, and support service facilities including equipment and laundry rooms. A function space in the lobby atrium provides a gathering area to share team meals, welcome visitors and promotes the great history of the program. The latest technologies are available to players and coaches throughout the facility including docking stations in lockers, video walls, optical scanners for building security, and USB charging. Interactive flat screen displays for reviewing game and practice film and placed in multiple locations throughout, enabling coaches to provide instruction wherever necessary. DLR Group teamed with Page on the design of this facility. DLR Group was the Architect of Record and provided architectural design services, interior design, wayfinding/signage, mechanical/plumbing engineering and landscape design.