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Metal pattern mimics basketball

Photo: Slyworks Photography

Photo: Slyworks Photography

Page Southerland Page Inc. (Page) and DLR Group designed Guy V. Lewis Basketball Center at the University of Houston in Houston for a confined site between Hofheinz Pavilion, the existing basketball arena, and adjacent streets.

The multilevel building scheme wraps around the façade of Hofheinz Pavilion. The exterior façade features a large curtainwall entry with a continuous wood canopy and patterned metal panels on the wings. The wood canopy references the basketball court floor and the metal cladding's abstract pattern refers to unfolded lines on basketballs.

The building consists of three volumes: a main entry and two identical athlete development wings. The main entry volume has a three-story atrium that connects the player development, student athlete and administration levels. The atrium links the athlete development wings, which have practice courts, locker rooms, team lounges, nutrition centers, academic/film rooms with tiered seating, video editing rooms and coaching offices with views to the practice court below.

Kovach Building Enclosures installed 14,700 square feet of its KRS-225 Dry Joint Rainscreen System with its 6-mm Kovabond metal composite material panels with a three-coat Fluropon coating in Silversmith, for the project. The $20.5 million, 53,000-square-foot project houses the university's men's and women's basketball programs and was completed in November 2015.

Owner: University of Houston, Houston
Architects: Page Southerland Page Inc. (Page), Houston, and DLR Group, Overland Park, Kan.
General contractor: Austin Commercial, Houston
Metal wall panels/installer: Kovach Building Enclosures, Chandler, Ariz., www.kovach.net