PASADENA, Texas – The Lee Davis Library at the San Jacinto College Central Campus captured the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Houston Development of Distinction Award for 2015.

The Library was up for nomination in the Heritage category along with the Pennzoil Place. The San Jacinto College facility was announced the winner after a visit and tour by a panel of experts. The Urban Land Institute is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

The Development of Distinction awards program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to recognize developments that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, community health, marketing and management, according to a recent release from the ULI. 

Last year, San Jacinto College made renovations to the 62,000-square-foot Lee Davis Library to meet today's technological advances and learning culture while also keeping its Mid-Century architecture and some of the original furniture. The Library now houses the campus' Honors lounge and student success center that includes four group study/tutoring rooms. There are 14 additional study rooms, a reference desk, library instruction lab, computer lab, and copy and printing stations. Updates of the electrical system, heating and air conditioning, and plumbing were done for energy efficiency. Fritted glass was added to the front of the building.

The project architects and consultants for the renovation included Tellepsen Builders, Gensler, and Rizzo & Associates. Furniture coordination and planning were provided by Sylvia Hajo with Bay-IBI and Furniture Marketing Group.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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