Current Construction Projects
Social Sciences Building
Project Manager: Larry Vossler
The new Social Sciences Building will be built at the corner of College Way and Alumni Drive. The building will be 73,000 square feet and four stories tall. The exterior of the building will feature curtain wall at the northeast end of the building with the Rice-traditional St. Joe brick and regular windows at the south and west. Cast stone and marble will add more color and detail to the building exterior. The building has an interior courtyard, and the first floor is open at the northeast end for the entrance from the center of campus and at the southwest corner for an outside event/reception space. The formal entrance into the building is at the west end of the courtyard. A large open stair overlooks the courtyard and acts as an architectural feature. The first floor will contain event space and classrooms, while the upper floors provide space for academic groups and institutes. From the School of Social Sciences, the Building will house the Dean’s Suite, Sociology, and Economics departments. Additional, the Kinder Institute and HERC will reside there. The Social Sciences Building is being designed to meet LEED Silver certification.’
Construction will start in August 2018, and building occupancy is scheduled for December 2019.
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.