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Rice announced the $30 million gift for College #11, Duncan College.

Along with new residential college #10, McMurtry College, there will be two new LEED certified buildings for Rice (and its first Gold certification).

Rice University today announced a $30 million gift from Anne and Charles Duncan to support its unique residential college system. In addition, the university unveiled plans for its 11th residential college, which will be one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings ever built in Houston. The building will be named in honor of the Duncans in recognition of their long-standing commitment to both Rice and environmental conservation.

http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.as...;SnID=417075778

The school plans to implement environmentally sustainable features to the building to make it eligible to receive its first gold-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards program.

The five-story, 324-bed Duncan College will be built concurrently with McMurtry College, and is scheduled to open for student use in the fall of 2009.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/stories...63&ana=e_du

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there was a story on tv about the trees that were going to be torn down as a result. area residents were upset.

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there was a story on tv about the trees that were going to be torn down as a result. area residents were upset.

yeah, the trees are pretty dense - they are relocating some, starting tomorrow apparently. not sure how many are actually going to be lost

at least one of the colleges will be placed over an existing parking lot, too

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they are relocating some, starting tomorrow apparently. not sure how many are actually going to be lost

the people were upset cause rice wasn't relocating any. a spokesperson said that they are planting more than are being cutting down. but if they are relocating that will be good.

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Lots of tree movement in Houston lately (Disco Green/Fingers, UH, Rice). That's a sign of progress, though.

Just a few years ago they would have been cut and cleared.

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I like the garden on the top of that building. Too bad as a grad student I'll probably never get to hang out up there...

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Lots of tree movement in Houston lately (Disco Green/Fingers, UH, Rice). That's a sign of progress, though.

Just a few years ago they would have been cut and cleared.

tru dat

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glad to see beautiful Rice campus expanding. Doing it green is even better. gotta receive the green ($30M) to build it green

Not to boast, but my alma mater has such a nice campus

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looks like the chron wrote about it last night:

The five-story building will include such features as a roof covered with soil and plants that reduces energy costs and prevents rain runoff and motion detectors that turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, Rice officials said in announcing the gift Tuesday.

The design reflects an emerging movement among colleges and universities to transform their campuses into models of environmental sustainability.

More than 300 schools, including Rice, are members of the U.S. Green Building Council, which certifies buildings as being environmentally friendly based on indoor air quality and the use of recycled construction materials, among other things.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metrop...an/5073583.html

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more information about the project:

Design Architect: Hopkins, Ltd.

Executive Architect: Hanbury Evans Wright + Vlattas

Construction manager: Linbeck Group, LP

Completion: Fall 2009

and more about the trees:

-The construction plan will yield a net gain of approximately 66 trees by the time all work has been completed, with the tree count increasing to 231 from its current 165 prior to construction.

-The Master's House for McMurtry College was redesigned in order to preserve a 50-inch live oak tree on the site.

-At all times, an arborist will supervise all work crews as they relocate or remove old trees or add protection to trees that will remain in place during construction.

-Felled trees will be turned into mulch, as part of the project's goal of meeting LEED standards.

-Rather than open-digging trenches to lay new utility lines, Rice contractors will bore under the large oak grove in order to avoid contact with the root systems.

another rendering:

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^^^^That's an old rendering of the two colleges that are being built basically at the same time -- McMurtry, which was the first one funded, and Duncan, which was just funded and will be the green building. I guess now they won't look so similar.

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Here is some info about the tree situation. I was never really worried that Rice was going to get rid of their Live Oaks.

Here's what's really happening. Rice planned the location and design of the new colleges to minimize impact on trees and to make optimal use of land in order to preserve even larger tracts of green space around campus. We spent considerable money to carefully design one building to preserve the oldest and largest tree at the site -- a stately 50-inch live oak that is more than 100 years old. We've invested even more to tenderly transplant 36 trees, including several that have been temporarily relocated to the university

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Rice University has commissioned Diller Scofidio & Renfro to transform an existing parking lot between Alice Pratt Brown Hall, the home of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and Rice Stadium into a 600-seat opera theater. Charles Renfro, a 1989 Rice graduate and the project’s lead architect, stated: “It feels really natural in a lot of ways to be returning to campus, a place I’ve spent so much time and love so much.” Completion is scheduled for 2018.


Reference: Houston Chronicle, archdaily.com

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The full piece from Rice...

http://news.rice.edu/2014/03/17/rice-universitys-shepherd-school-of-music-announces-diller-scofidio-renfro-as-architect-for-new-opera-theater/

 

This project is one I'm looking forward to more than others in some ways, chiefly because it actually has a local person and Rice alum at the helm of the project team for architectural firm involved. I hope they actually do the university and their hometown proud on this one.

 

 

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They won't be doing nothing until they figure out what to do with the parking situation this building will compromise. The new Continuing Education building and Tennis courts have already depleted insufficient area parking. 

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The rush to get rid of the old Continuing Studies building makes more sense now, with more new construction planned for that end of campus. I would not be surprised if the Media Center was the next domino to fall, which IMO would be a far greater loss. 

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This will look odd on campus. Any one else agree?

Also - where do they plan on putting it?

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Not everything needs to match, but I do agree. Unlike the Brochstein Pavilion, this thing is going to look odd, especially given the location (right next to Reckling Park across from the Shepherd School of Music).

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I like that it can also function as an informal extension of the Museum District less than a mile away.

 

just wait until they put in that new Rice Opera House across the street from this!

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*ahem*

As I said EARLIER

This that **** I do like...

"ahem" i concur!

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I like it, but agree that it will seem out of place.  I will say that I had just assumed they were making a larger surface parking lot on this space (as crazy as that seemed to me), so this is at least better than that.  

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This is going to be nice. It's about time art majors got their own unique place at Rice.

 

Pretty much everything Rice has built in the last ten years looks out of place. Brochstein Pavilion, Brockman Hall, the Rec center, the new Continuing Studies school. But in the long run they function well. 

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The irony is that, to most people, Rice has probably the most beautiful campus in all of Texas. But to today's average art junkie, there is nothing beautiful or inspiring about Byzantine-derived architecture. So the art museum must be a radical departure from the existing beautiful campus.

 

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The irony is that, to most people, Rice has probably the most beautiful campus in all of Texas. But to today's average art junkie, there is nothing beautiful or inspiring about Byzantine-derived architecture. So the art museum must be a radical departure from the existing beautiful campus.

SMU's campus is probably better.

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well geeeeezzz, the stated budget is only $30mm.  you can only get so much for that amount.  i think that for this particular budget... this design is remarkable.

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Not sure it's "better", but SMUs campus is definitely up there with Baylor and Rice.

 

Don't overlook Trinity University in San Antonio either. It is a very nice melding of regional and Modern architecture.

 

As I said about the new Rice Field House earlier this year, the University has the money and the will to experiment and do things on a scale one may think more grand than would be normal for an institution of its size. There you have it.

 

While most of the newer buildings on campus push the envelope the original quad remains pretty much (with the exception of the Fondren Library) true to William Ward Watkin's original intent.

 

These newer buildings on campus don't necessarily have to be "commercially successful" so this is probably the most appropriate venue to experiment with architecture. Think of some of the "show cars" from the opulent auto shows of the 1950. Some where very well received and pointed to the style of the future and some faded away into history.

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MFAH. Menil. Sawyer Yards. The arts just absolutely exploding in this city.

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You forgot to put Match in that list. Its going to be an incubator for Midtown and the arts.

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You forgot to put Match in that list. Its going to be an incubator for Midtown and the arts.

Guess I was more labeling campuses.

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MFAH. Menil. Sawyer Yards. The arts just absolutely exploding in this city.

 

 

You forgot to put Match in that list. Its going to be an incubator for Midtown and the arts.

 

If you include the performing arts, it's even more amazing:

 

Moody Center for the Arts (at Rice U)

MFAH

Menil

Sawyer Yards

MATCH

New Opera House at Rice

St. Thomas has a new performing arts facility in the works

A.D. Players in Uptown

Main Street Theater is completing their remodel/upgrade

Alley Theater rebuild

Sugar Land Performing Arts Center

New HSPVA

 

I feel like I'm still leaving some out.

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Question. Will this be directly West of Shepard School of music, replacing the large ashpalt lot?

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Question. Will this be directly West of Shepard School of music, replacing the large ashpalt lot?

 

No, it will be south of Shepherd in the space between the Center for Continuing Studies and Reckling Park, where the tennis courts used to be.

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No, it will be south of Shepherd in the space between the Center for Continuing Studies and Reckling Park, where the tennis courts used to be.

Right off university blvd?

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Question. Will this be directly West of Shepard School of music, replacing the large ashpalt lot?

 

 

No, it will be south of Shepherd in the space between the Center for Continuing Studies and Reckling Park, where the tennis courts used to be.

 

The site directly west of the Shepherd School is where the new opera theater will be built.

 

Cool Rice University map showing future plans, including the Shepherd School's opera theater and the Moody Center for the Arts

 

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The site directly west of the Shepherd School is where the new opera theater will be built.

Cool Rice University map showing future plans, including the Shepherd School's opera theater and the Moody Center for the Arts

Awesome. I didn't realize the courts were being moved north, hence my confusion. Interesting spot for this building...

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Construction will begin soon on a new office building and parking garage south of Allen Center.

Kathy Jones, associate vice president for Facilities Engineering and Planning, presented an overview of the project at the Dec. 8 Administrators Forum.

The six-story, 66,710-gross-square-foot office building will house up to 295 work spaces, depending on office layouts. The design calls for terra-cotta fins on the exterior of the building’s concrete frame to control the amount of natural light into offices. The building will be located parallel to the road that connects Entrance 3 to College Way/Loop Road.

The east side of the office building will attach to a seven-level, 159,500-gross-square-foot parking garage. The garage will accommodate 496 parking spaces – a net gain of 382 spaces after accounting for current parking spaces in Lovett Lot that will be overtaken by the office building and garage. Fig leaf images will be displayed on huge plastic scrims that will attach to the sides of the garage.

Starting Dec. 21, parking will no longer be permitted in the Lovett Lot south of Allen Center and the Cohen House. Entrance 3 to the campus at the intersection of Main and Cambridge streets will also be closed. The road between Entrance 3 and College Way will be closed too, except to emergency vehicles. - See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2015/12/11/new-office-building-parking-garage-to-be-constructed/#sthash.TDlV4LRx.dpuf

Jones said Entrance 3 will be redone to improve the flow of traffic in that area of campus. While Entrance 3 is closed, the South College parking lot can be accessed only from Entrance 4 on Main Street. The sidewalk from College Way to Entrance 3 will remain open for pedestrians.

Jones said the garage is expected to be completed by the beginning of summer 2017; the office building should be completed by the end of summer 2017. During the construction phase, employees who have been parking in the south Lovett Lot will park in other campus lots through arrangements made by the Parking Office.

- See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2015/12/11/new-office-building-parking-garage-to-be-constructed/#sthash.TDlV4LRx.dpuf

 

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