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Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Changing the Face of the Campus, One (or Nine) Building at a Time

Texas Christian University first engaged HPM at the beginning of what was expected to be a spike in on-campus construction, bringing HPM in as an owner’s representative to supplement TCU’s own staff. Three years later, the spike hasn’t abated, and building after building on campus bears HPM’s fingerprints.

The Harris College of Nursing included classrooms with writable walls, faculty offices and simulation labs with robotic patients and was accompanied by renovations to the attached Bass Building to match the new construction. Renovating the existing basketball coliseum into the 6,860-seat Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena involved adding and renovating locker rooms, adding office spaces and conference rooms, lowering the arena’s entire playing surface by five feet and adding courtside seating. Lupton Baseball Stadium got indoor batting cages, an artificial practice field and a new bullpen, along with new locker rooms and training space, with construction coordinated around regular and post-season play.

TCU’s first parking structure, the Frog Alley Parking Garage, brought four stories and 984 spaces of parking for TCU students and football fans — and the Worth Hills Parking Garage added six stories and 1,200 more spaces. Currently under development, the Greek Village will bring 781 beds’ worth of housing to sororities and fraternities in Worth Hills. Even buildings that HPM wasn’t responsible for, like the Burnett Library, have received facelifts to match the high quality and elegant design of the new HPM-guided construction.

Project Scope
Schollmaier Arena, Justin Athletic Center, Lupton Baseball Stadium improvements
Frog Alley Parking Garage
Worth Hills Greek Village, Worth Hills Parking Garage
Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Brunett Library renovation

Clearing Hurdles to Complete the Project on Time

From the beginning, the Worth Hills Parking Garage was plagued with delays, starting with a pause for asbestos abatement as the team demolished an existing building. Borings and geotechnical reports had to be repeated as the weather swung from extremely dry to extremely wet. A pier became flooded and had to be replaced — 20 feet underground. The 70 total days of delay would have brought the project to completion weeks after TCU’s first home football game. Through quick, innovative thinking, clear communication and strong relationships with the construction crew and local subcontractors, HPM devised a plan to expedite the remaining schedule. With money spent smartly and extra staffing brought in as necessary, HPM was able to shave a month off of the projected finish time and close out the project with a week to spare — with cost savings that more than paid for HPM’s fee.

Project Details

$500+ million project
Athletic, residential and academic facilities
Parking structures
Utility and infrastructure work


Texas Christian University



HPM Services

Preconstruction Services
Construction Administration
Program Management