Recently Completed Construction Projects

Maxfield Hall Renovation

Project Manager: Tina Hicks
The 20,730 gross square foot historic Mechanical Lab building, attached to the Central Plant, was renovated which included a full replacement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Two additions providing for new egress stairs were added on the north side and attach to all three levels of the building. A new at-grade entrance on the southeast side was cut into the facade. New elevators provide full building accessibility after the renovation. The renovated facility is home to the Department of Statistics/Brown School of Engineering. The project is pursuing a historic designation of the building with the Texas Historical Commission and the National Park Service.

Construction began in August 2020 and building occupancy took place in June 2021.

New Hanszen College Magister House

Project Manager: Faten Tayeh
The approximately 4,200 square foot new Hanszen College Magister house is located just south of the existing Rice MultiCultural Center. The new house is two stories with three bedrooms, three and one-half baths, an office, kitchen, dining room, public living space on the first floor, and private living space on the second floor. The house also includes a two-car attached garage.

Construction began in October 2020, and building occupancy took place in August 2021.

New Sid Richardson College

Project Manager: Anzilla Gilmore
New Sid Richardson College is located between campus entrances 3 and 4 off Main Street between Siebel Servery and Old Sid Richardson College. New Sid Richardson College is approximately 148,000 square feet, increasing capacity from 229 in the former college to 312 beds. The new facility includes three resident associate apartments, a new Magister’s House, a private dining room (PDR), and a new college commons that connects to Seibel Servery. New Sid Rich is the tallest college on campus boasting twelve stories that look over the new wing of Will Rice College to the north and features a 4,000 SF open-air terrace that overlooks the new college quad and the John and Anne Grove.

Construction began in August 2019, and building occupancy began in late January 2021.

New Hanszen College

Hanszen College was established in 1957. Its 244 beds are distributed in two college wings. The “old dorm” wing, which was built in the 1920s, accommodates 124 beds. The “new wing” was built in 1957 and accommodates 120 beds. The new wing is configured in an L-shaped plan with a partial basement, plus two residential stories and a five-story residential “tower” at the L’s knuckle. Most of

the student rooms are four-person suites with a shared bathroom between pairs of suites. Each suite pair also shares an inaccessible exterior stair and entrance vestibule. The Hanszen magister house is located at the south end of one leg of the new wing in an area the students refer to as the “burbs” due to its remoteness relative to the majority of the college’s student rooms and the Hanszen Commons and Quadrangle. The Hanszen Quadrangle is framed by Hanszen's old wing and one leg of the new wing on its north and south sides, respectively, while Hanszen Commons, an early 2000s facility, creates the west side. Hanszen Quadrangle enjoys immediate proximity to the John and Anne Grove on its east side. The institutional goals for the Hanszen College Replacement Wing Project include:

  1. A contemporary, accessible residential facility resulting in a total bed-count increase for Hanszen College
  2. A greater concentration of Hanszen residential units near the Hanszen Quadrangle and Commons
  3. A residential facility that utilizes campus land more efficiently than Hanszen’s 1957 wing
  4. The liberation of campus land, possibly for a new residential college in the future
  5. A project achieving LEED Silver status and other energy efficiency objectives yet to be specified

The new Hanszen College replacement wing is approximately 50,000 gross square feet total, 4.5 stories, 166 beds in room configurations of singles and doubles, and two Residential Advisors Suites, each composed of living space, kitchen, two-bedrooms and two bathrooms. The new wing will be built using cross-laminated timber (CLT), making it the first use of this construction material for a residential college on a university campus in Texas.