Current Construction Projects

Hanszen College New Wing

The new Hanszen College replacement wing will be approximately 50,000 gross square feet total, 4.5 stories, 164 beds in room configurations of singles and doubles, and two Residential Advisors Suites, each composed of living space, kitchen, two-bedroom(s), and two bathrooms. The new wing will be built using cross-laminated timber (CLT), making it the first residential college to be built on a university campus in Texas. Demolition of the existing 1957 wing will begin in late May 2021.

Construction will continue through July 2022 -- Click here for more detailed information

Engineering and Sciences Building

The proposed Engineering and Sciences Building will be located on the site of Abercrombie Engineering Laboratory on the east side of the historic Engineering Quadrangle. The 250,000 gross square foot building will cover roughly the same footprint as Abercrombie. The new building will be home to The Welch Institute along with other faculty research laboratories, innovation space, core lab, classrooms, conference facilities, a café, and departmental offices. The building will have four above-grade floors and a full basement. The interior buildout of the building will be done in phases with the first tenant as The Welch Institute. Additional information for the project can be viewed here. The Welch Institute is scheduled to occupy the building in January 2023.

The demolition of Abercrombie began on May 17, 2021, and construction will continue through January 2023-- Click here for more detailed information

Maxfield Hall Renovation

Project Manager: Tina Hicks
The 20,730 gross square foot historic Mechanical Lab building, attached to the Central Plant, will be renovated. The scope includes full replacement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Two additions providing for new egress stairs will be added on the north side and will attach all three levels of the building. A new at-grade entrance on the southeast side will be cut into the facade. New elevators will provide for full building accessibility after the renovation. The renovated facility will be the new 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 is scheduled for June 2021.

New Hanszen College Magister House

Project Manager: Faten Tayeh
The approximately 4,200 square foot new Hanszen College Magister house will be located just south of the existing Rice MultiCultural Center. The new house will be 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 will have a two-car attached garage.

Construction began in October 2020, and building occupancy is scheduled for August 2021.