Construction Alerts

Hanszen ‘57 Wing Demolition and New Wing Construction

Beginning at 6:00 am on Wednesday, May 19, fencing around the construction site will be installed and demolition of the Hanszen ‘57wing may begin as early as May 26. Demolition is taking place to make room for the New Hanszen College wing set to open for Fall Semester 2022. Following demolition, construction is expected to continue through July 2022. Please note the following key points as it relates to access, traffic and parking in the area.

Access to the Building

  • Access to the Hanszen ‘57 wing will be prohibited after Monday, May 17. All students will need to vacate the building by 5:00 pm.
  • Beginning on Tuesday, May 18, demolition of interior walls will begin in preparation for the removal of any pipe insulation found in the walls and ceilings.
  • Once construction fencing is installed, on May 19, only constriction and Rice personnel wearing proper PPE will be allowed on the construction site.

Parking near the construction site

  • Entrance 4 will be used for construction and large truck access.
  • On May 18, cars parked in the south college lot south of Hanszen near Alumni Drive and the Wiess Magister House will be parked along an active path of traffic for construction vehicles and material delivery. Those that choose to park there may occasionally be blocked in and/or be exposed to dust and mud kicked up by construction vehicles. Please be mindful of yourself should you park in the area. Avoid walking in the driveway at all times.

Pedestrian Access

  • Portions of the Hanszen College quad will remain open for the duration of constriction.
  • The pedestrian walkway immediately adjacent to the east side of Wiess College will be closed from May 19, 2021, through July 2022.
  • Access between the Hanszen Commons and the Hanszen ‘55 wing will be closed for the duration of construction (May 18, 2021, until July 2022).
  • Access to the existing Hanszen Magister House will be available from the John and Anne Grove.
  • The Wiess Magister House will remain accessible on the south side of Wiess College.

A map of the areas impacted is included below. Additional questions or concerns related to this project should be directed to Anzilla Gilmore, or 713-348-5778.

Hanszen Map

Abercrombie Engineering Laboratory:

Beginning at 6:00 am on Monday, May 3, fencing around the Abercrombie Engineering Laboratory building will begin in preparation for demolition. This is taking place in order to prepare the site for the New Engineering and Science Building. Following demolition, construction is expected to continue through 2023. Please note the following key points as it relates to access, traffic and parking in that area:

Building Access:

  • Access to the Abercrombie Building will not be allowed after Friday, April 30, all occupants should be vacated by the end of that day.
  • The bike rack will also be removed as part of the demolition and all bicycles should be removed by Friday, April 30.
  • Beginning on Tuesday, May 4, air-conditioning, electrical, and water utility shut off, and abatement of the building will begin.
  • The temporary tent in the Engineering Quadrangle is within the boundary of the construction fencing and will not be available for use.

Parking near Abercrombie:

  • Beginning on Friday, April 30, parking immediately adjacent to the building along Campanile Road and North College Lot will be coned off in preparation for fencing.
  • Entrance 23 will be mainly used for construction and large truck access.
  • Parking along entrance 23 drive will also be coned off and not available for use for the duration of the project.

Pedestrian Access:

  • The pedestrian walkway immediately adjacent to the building will be closed for access. The pedestrian walkway in the Engineering Quadrangle within the boundary of the fencing will also not be accessible.
  • A temporary pedestrian walkway along Campanile road next to Facilities Engineering and Planning will be set up for pedestrian use.
  • Access between Abercrombie Lab and Duncan Hall will remain open.
  • Access between Maxfield Hall and Abercrombie Lab from Campanile Road to the Engineering Quadrangle will be closed through the duration of construction.
  • Access between Ryon and Maxfield Hall is currently closed but will be open by the end of June.

Questions or concerns related to this project should be directed to Angie Chen, angie.chen@rice.edu, or 713-348-5778.

Map of area for demolition