New Office Building and Parking Garage
Project Manager: Tina Hicks
Architecture Firm: Kieran Timberlake
Floors: 6 (Office Building); 7 (Parking Garage)
Square Footage: 67,000 (Office Building); 159,500 (Parking Garage)
The new Office Building is being constructed adjacent to the new Parking Garage, south of the Allen Business Center. Office floors on levels 2-6 are planned for occupancy by administrative departments including Human Resources, the Controller, Development and Alumni Relations, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Parking & Transportation, and the Office of Information Technology. A portion of the first floor will house shared meeting spaces to be made available to students during the evenings and weekends. The first floor will also be home to the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Office Building is expected to attain LEED silver certification. The new Rice Parking Garage, constructed of cast-in-place concrete, the garage structure will house approximately 490 parking spaces and will be accessible from Entrance 3. This project also includes a widening of Entrance 3 Road at Main Street to develop sufficient paving width for safe traffic control. Entrance 3 improvements will also require the removal of existing masonry columns and steel gate at that location. The new Parking Garage is expected to be completed in late August 2017, and the new Office Building is expected to be completed in September 2017.
Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center
Project Manager: Eleni Barzouka
Architecture Firm: Allan Greenberg Architect LLC
Square Footage: 84,000
Once constructed located west of existing Alice Pratt Brown Hall, the Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center will include an opera theater, audience chamber, 600-seat auditorium, 5,000-6,000 sqft stage and wings, an orchestra pit that will seat 70 people, new dressing and conductor's rooms, a musician’s lounge, a backstage green room, and state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities. Construction is scheduled to start in September 2017, with the building expected to open in July 2020.
Space Science and Clean Room Renovation
Project Manager: Kelly Buehler
Architecture Firm: Abbie Greg, Inc. and HOK
Square Footage: 80,616
The scope of the project falls into three categories : complete renovation to accommodate the Clean Room, complete renovation for the new laboratories, offices and support spaces, and complete infrastructure along with light architectural renovation. The majority of the basement level will house a new Class 1,000 Clean Room. The first floor will contain the Hazardous Process Materials Room for the clean rooms and existing class space. A portion of the Environmental Heath & Safety offices will remain, while the rest of the spaces will be repurposed to additional office space for EHS and the Chemistry department. Second and third floors will contain laboratories with associated faculty offices and student work areas. The end result of this project will be a completely modernized research building with optimal space utilization. Work will begin during summer 2017 and the project will be finished in summer 2018.