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Dedication for UHD’s College of Sciences & Technology Building Set Jan. 9

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will hold an official dedication ceremony for its new College of Sciences & Technology (CST) Building at 9 a.m., Thursday Jan. 9.

Members of the University of Houston System Board of Regents are scheduled to be in attendance at the event. Dr. Akif Uzman, dean of the College of Sciences & Technology, and UHD President, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz will welcome guests to the event, which will include Houston City Council member Karla Cisneros, community members and dignitaries.

A reception will immediately follow the event in the building’s Mark & Tami Mallett Grand Lobby. The formal program will start at 9:30 a.m. followed by building tours at 10 a.m. To attend, RSVP is required.

The first classes in the 105,000 square foot state-of-the-art building were held during the fall 2019 semester. The facility houses the disciplines of biology, biotechnology, biological & physical sciences and chemistry. The building also will be the home of the UHD Center for Urban Agriculture & Sustainability, which focuses on promoting sustainable communities. The $73 million building serves as a model for sustainability in Houston as the University of Houston System’s only building built to LEED Gold standards (rated for its energy-saving design and sustainable features).

Complementing the sustainability elements of the building are the solar panels that power two environmental labs—one of which is named the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Environmental Science Laboratory, which was made possible by a $250,000 gift from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.The CST Building was designed by Kirksey Architecture and constructed by Vaughn Construction.

Learn more about the CST Building.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.