The University of Houston Law Center will officially open its new John M. O’Quinn Law Building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 22. The $93 million facility is one of the newest law school buildings in Texas and nationwide.

“This has been a decades-long dream of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who wanted a new building that represented the quality and caliber of the Law Center,” said University of Houston Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes in a press release.

The 180,000-square-foot, five-story building was designed by the women-owned architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch and features scenic views of the school’s campus and downtown Houston. It includes a two-story library, courtrooms, and research and event spaces. Other amenities for students include a meditation room, commuter showers with changing rooms, a student lounge, and a convenience store.

The ceremony will be held at the John M. O’Quinn Law Building, located at 4170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Houston. University of Houston President Renu Khator and Baynes will be in attendance.

The festivities will continue Friday, September 23, with a celebration and dedication conference at the O’Quinn Law Building, featuring some of the most notable names in bar association leadership, the judiciary, law firms, and academia.

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