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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.