Current Construction Projects
Ralph S. O’Connor Building for Engineering Science (New Engineering and Sciences Building)
The new Engineering and Sciences Building is located on the east side of the historic Engineering Quadrangle. This project is one of the largest projects on campus over the past decade. The 251,000 gross square foot is home to research laboratories that support the research for the School of Engineering, the School of Natural Science and the Rice Advanced Materials Institute. Other faculty amenities include two registrar classrooms, conference and event facilities, and a café on the ground floor. The building is four above-grade floors and a full basement. The interior buildout of 50% of the building is near completion and will begin move in on July 2023.
Cannady Hall is being built west of Anderson Hall. The 18,000-square-foot building will include a workshop, fabrication and assembly area, and a large gallery on the first floor. The second floor provides collaborative spaces for students and faculty, a laser printer lab, and meeting rooms. A connector over the existing arcade between Cannady Hall and the second floor of Anderson Hall not only promotes a cohesive Rice Architecture experience but adds flexible, open space for study and group discussion as well as exhibit opportunities.
Steam Interconnect Project
The Steam Interconnect Project is to replace 700 linear feet of undersized steam and steam condensate return piping with properly sized steam and steam condensate return piping. The purpose of the project is to add resiliency and operational flexibility in meeting the campus utility needs. The project began the week of May 15th and will be completed the week of July 31st. The work is occurring in the tunnels near the South Servery, Old Hanszen College and the Groves. The only activity that will be visible outside of the tunnels is the removal and installation of pipe on and near Alumni Drive.