Higher Education

Having worked for higher education clients for over 25 years, we offer a broad range of experience building all types of university facilities, including science teaching and research laboratory facilities, general classroom buildings, student unions, dormitories, parking garages, central plants, and more. We understand how to effectively balance the needs and desires of faculty, staff and students with the goals and requirements of the campus and university system facilities departments. We know that buildings must open before the next semester starts. We know how to work adjacent to occupied facilities and in sensitive environments where safety of your campus residents is paramount.

Innovation Center

The University of Houston’s entrepreneurial teams have formed over a dozen companies in the last several years. The university wanted to create a space to allow these fledgling companies to grow without having the office overhead typical of start-ups. They hired Vaughn to convert an existing portion of the Energy Research Park (ERP) campus into office and conference space to support these businesses.

As construction manager-at-risk, we built out the second level of Building 4 on the west side of campus. We installed raised access flooring to support the electrical and telecom/data systems throughout the space. We painted the existing structural steel, including the columns, beams, joists, and underside of the roof deck, and left them exposed for an industrial feel.

The build-out includes glass-front office and conference spaces accented with modern interior finishes in UH “Cougar” red. A full-service break room features a custom wood panel wall and includes two refrigerator/freezer combinations and ample storage space for hosting events. We installed new light fixtures equipped with occupancy sensors and lighting controls throughout the facility to promote energy efficiency.

The students and young business leaders of the future now have a modern environment in which to develop, promote, and grow their companies.

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“I can’t say enough about what a fantastic job Vaughn Construction did on this project. The Vaughn team exceeded our expectations providing solutions to issues as they arose, accommodating last minute end user requests and ultimately delivering a beautifully unique space on schedule and under budget. I would also like to note that although there were minor warranty related items upon completion of the space, Vaughn’s commitment to quality and customer service was evident in the timeliness in which Vaughn personnel were on site to investigate warranty items and take immediate corrective action during the warranty period and beyond. The University of Houston has come to rely on Vaughn Construction as a dependable, trustworthy team member in growing our campus facilities.”

Joujou Zebdaoui, Principal Project Manager, UH Facilities Planning and Construction