Construction Alerts

New Engineering and Science Building Construction - August 23

As we progress on the construction of the New Engineering and Science Building, we are seeking your support to ensure the area around the construction site is safe for pedestrians and vehicles. Please note the following advisory for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Pedestrian Traffic

  • There will be heavy traffic around Campanile Road and North Lot Road. Please access the campus through Duncan Hall, the temporary sidewalk along Campanile or other alternate routes highlighted in yellow on the map below.
  • Please do not walk in the middle of Campanile Road. Please utilize the temporary walkway next to the Facilities Engineering and Planning building.

Vehicle Parking and Traffic

  • Parking will not be available along campus entrance 23 or Campanile Road.
  • Whenever possible please avoid the use of campus entrance 23 unless accessing the North College Road.
  • The one-way connection from the main loop to North College Road will be designated for emergency and delivery vehicles only. Please avoid the use of that connection.
  • North College Road will be down to one lane for truck staging. A flag person will be provided in order to continue two-way traffic through the area.

Please contact Angie Chen at 713-480-5778 or angie.chen@rice.edu with specific questions or concerns about this ongoing project.

NESB Construction Notice Map

New Hanszen Wing - Road and Sidewalk Closure - July 28

**This has been extended through Tuesday, August 3**

Beginning Wednesday, July 28 through Saturday, July 31, there will be a partial road and sidewalk closure on Alumni Drive between the South Servery and Intramural Field 6. The road is being closed in order to cut in a path for a conduit to serve the new Hanszen Wing. The closure will be from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm each day.

All vehicular traffic will be directed by a flag person. All pedestrian traffic will need to detour through the Wiess and Hanszen College Quads to avoid the area of construction.

A map is shown below with more detailed information. Questions about this scheduled road and sidewalk closure should be directed to Anzilla Gilmore at 713-348-3395 or by email at arg2@rice.edu.

Road and Sidewalk Closure July 28 until August 3

New Engineering and Science Building Construction - July 15

The pedestrian walkway between Duncan and the New Engineering and Science building construction site will be closed this Saturday, July 17. Please choose an alternate route to access the Engineering Quad and main campus. The walkway will reopen on Sunday for pedestrian traffic.

The North Lot Road and Campanile Road will be closed to vehicular traffic on Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25. The road closure is needed in order to set the construction cranes for the New Engineering and Science projects. On these two days, only emergency vehicles will be allowed within this area. Please reference the map included in this email for the exact location. Pedestrians are encouraged to take alternate routes to access north college and the servery on these dates. Additional project information can be found here.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Angie Chen at 713-480-5778 or angie.chen@rice.edu.

NESB Construction Notice Map

New Engineering and Science Building Construction - July 11

The demolition of the Abercrombie Building is complete. As we progress into the construction of the New Engineering and Science Building, we are seeking your support to ensure the area around the construction site is safe for pedestrians and vehicles. Please note the following advisory for pedestrian and vehicular traffic as we work together to bring this building to completion by 2023.

Pedestrian Traffic

  • There will be heavy traffic around Campanile Road and North Lot Road. Please access the campus through Duncan Hall whenever possible.
  • Please do not walk in the middle of Campanile Road.

Vehicle Parking and Traffic

  • Parking will not be available along entrance 23 or Campanile road. Whenever possible please avoid the use of entrance 23.
  • The one-way connection from the main loop to North Lot Road will be designated for emergency and delivery vehicles only. Please avoid the use of that connection.
  • North Lot Road will be down to one lane for truck staging. A flag-person will be provided in order to continue two--way traffic through the area.

Road closure on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18: The North Lot Road and Campanile Road are scheduled for closure next Saturday and Sunday in order to set the construction crane for the project. On these two days, only emergency vehicles will be allowed within this area.

Please review the map below for additional information. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Angie Chen at 713-480-5778 or angie.chen@rice.edu.

NESB Construction Notice Map

Media Center Demolition - June 28

Beginning at 6:00 am on Monday, June 28, construction fencing will be installed for demolition of the Media Center building. Demolition is taking place to make room for the New Visual and Dramatic Arts building. This construction fencing will remain in place through July 30. Please note the following key points as they relate to access, traffic, and parking in the area:

Building Access

  • Access to the Media Center will be prohibited after Friday, June 18.
  • Between June 19 and June 28, for safety reasons, only personnel who have been previously approved by the Rice FE&P Project Manager may enter the building.
  • Once construction fencing is installed, on June 28, only construction and Rice personnel wearing proper PPE will be allowed on the demolition site.

Parking Impacts

  • On June 28, 5 parking spaces immediately adjacent to the Media Center building will be fenced off and inaccessible through the month of July. Between July 12 through 16, and July 19 through 23, all of Lot 6 (between the Media Center and Reckling Park) will be closed to accommodate large debris removal trucks.
  • Large trucks will enter and exit Lot 6 via the gate immediately onto University Blvd. There will be a flag person on-site to direct traffic, but all walkers and joggers should remain aware while in the area.

Pedestrian Access

  • Portions of sidewalks to the west of the Media Center and Holistic Garden will be closed during demolition.
  • The walkway between the Moody Center and the Media Center will remain open.

A map of the areas impacted is included below. Additional questions or concerns related to this project should be directed to Matt Hester, matt.hester@rice.edu, or 713-348-5066.

Media Center Demo

Hanszen '57 Wing Demolition and New Wing Construction - May 19

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hanszen Map

Abercrombie Engineering Laboratory - May 3

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.

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

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.

  • 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.

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.

Map of area for demolition

Current Campus Construction Map

Rice Construction Map