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TSTC University Center at Harlingen
Project Facts
Location 2424 Boxwood St, Harlingen, TX 78550
Start June 2010
Completion June 2011
Square Footage 38,200
Cost $7,363,772
Type of Construction New Construction
Project Manager Eli R. Ochoa, PE, AIA
Contractor SpawGlass Contractors, Inc.

University Center at Harlingen

Texas State Technical College

Reinforced by a design philosophy of “respecting the land, people and history” of the community, ERO Architects created a state-of-the-art, 21st Century educational facility that pays homage to the area's people and history. From the natural light that bathes the interior to sophisticated air quality system that constantly moderates the temperature for optimum comfort, this innovative design helped the University Center at Harlingen become the first and only building south of San Antonio to receive LEED® Gold Certification—meeting the rigorous standards for green buildings.

The building supports both distance learning and on-site teaching so students can earn bachelor, master or doctorate degrees from various state universities without leaving home. The audio and visual technology incorporated into each classroom is state-of-the-art and designed for speed of access. Lecture halls are set up for student comfort and the ability to see and hear their professors and other students no matter where they sit. Remote cameras located throughout are designed to pan to each speaker to capture on screen, in real time, student participation in the discussion without reverberation, distortion or distraction.

A respect of the history and culture of the area is demonstrated in both the interior and exterior of the building. A weave pattern along an exterior wall pays homage to the Coahuiltecans—small Indian tribes that inhabited the region prior to the 1800s. The hard masonry, brick and mortar are softened by an open air trellis at the main entrance. Elegant beams that grace the interior ceilings and a focal wall came from repurposed lumber salvaged from old Army Air Corps barracks that were demolished to make room for the new build.

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