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Channel 8/PBS


University. of Houston /
Channel 8 / Melcher Broadcasting
Houston, Texas

University of Houston

REES Associates &
Pleas Doyle Architects

Completion Date
June 2000

Gross Square Footage
125,000 GSF

Located on the University of Houston Campus, the new 3 ½ story building totals 125,000 sf and is the new headquarters for the UH-Melcher School of Public Broadcasting.

The project was constructed on a restrictive site with ongoing university and broadcasting operations for the local Channel 8, therefore leaving no room for disruptions. This non-profit facility will serve as the broadcasting and educational facility for the college.

The main structure is a poured in place concrete structure and architectural finished concrete, surrounded by masonry, pre-cast design panels, structural steel roof framing, metal standing seam roof and glass curtainwall system.

The buildings interior is decorated with colorful accents, acoustical sound rooms, broadcasting studios, and extensive audio and visual recording systems and administration offices.

One of the most appealing benefits of constructing the new home for public broadcasting from the ground-up was the ability to outfit the facility with the latest digital equipment. The Melcher Center’s open architecture allows visitors to take tours and see how television and radio make it to air without interrupting the work of staff.



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