With a fresh $500,000 donation landing in its coffers late this summer and some city approvals in hand, the University of St. Thomas’s long-planned Center for Science and Health Professions quadrangle could break ground next year. The school says it now has about half of the project’s $47 million budget and hopes on raising the rest by June of next year. UST has stated that it would then break ground in short order with an eye toward opening up some of the complex by 2017.
And score one for the geeks over the jocks: The quad will be sited on what is now the school’s athletic fields, which now sprawl over three-quarters of the block bounded by Colquitt St., W. Main St., Mt. Vernon St., and Yoakum Blvd, just behind the library at the south end of Philip Johnson’s original campus.
The center’s five pavilions will go up in phases around what will eventually be a central courtyard. The project will doom the little cluster of townhouses in the southwest corner of the block.
Check out the nifty fly-through rendering of the design by WHR Architects:
One day the school’s chemistry, biology, nursing, environmental, and math buildings will huddle together in this 180,000-sq.-ft. complex, under the cover of a shared trellis canopy, a design WHR maintains is in keeping with Johnson’s 2-story, Modernist campus plan. Here, though, the complex is a little more dense and a bit taller than 2 stories.
Here’s a post-completion view from atop Johnson’s Chapel of St. Basil:
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Renderings: WHR Architects. Photos: Alex Steffler