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  Preliminary digital rendering of The John M. O’Quinn Law Building
 Amidst a year fraught with uncertainty, the University of Houston Law Center’s decades-long aspiration is coming to fruition with the start of construction of The John M. O’Quinn Law Building.
While the Law Center was unable to host an in-person groundbreaking ceremony before the start of the project because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state-of-the-art project commenced during the Fall 2020 semester in the space previously occupied by parking lot 19B.
“This has been a long-term dream of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who wanted a facility reflecting the Law Center’s outstanding caliber,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “Throughout this process, I have said a world-class law school in a world-class city deserves a world-class building.
“The John M. O’Quinn Law Building will be a striking icon reflecting the Law Center’s prominence. We appreciate the generosity, hard work, trust, loyalty, faith and philanthropy of alumni, law firms, foundations, the Texas legislature and the University of Houston that have enabled us to achieve this milestone.”
The new $90+ million facility will be located between the current Law Center building and the University Lofts. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2022 contemporaneous with the Law Center’s 75th anniversary.
The five-story cantilevered structure will have a glass and metallic main entrance and limestone base. It will include a large event space, moot courtroom, a student lounge, convenience store, coffee bar and an outdoor
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