Fertitta Center Renovation


University of Houston


Construction Cost:
$48 million
Completion Date:
November 2018
Project Size:
190,000 SF


Fertitta Center Renovation


The University of Houston revisioned their 50-year old multipurpose arena, used for basketball, volleyball, graduations and other special events, to magnify the overall fan experience, support recruitment and retention, and increase revenue generation.

Over 700 linear feet of ribbon board was added in a halo affect from the roof, and a new catwalk system was installed to support the upgraded audio systems and new sports lighting.

The concourse program space was increased by over 15,000 square feet within the overall existing building footprint. The bowl structure was modified with a combination of overframing and replacement to bring more seating closer to the court. A new club space was created within the bowl to bring luxury seating to the arena.

The existing cladding steel trusses were modified at each corner entrance to lift up the existing low precast cladding to increase natural light and enhance the entrance experience. The existing centerhung scoreboard was replaced with two jumbo screens at each end of the arena.