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6 hours ago, Luminare said:

oh yeah lets not let a cool firm like Diller Scofidio & Renfro design this...I got a better idea guys. Lets get that one McMansion architect down the block.

Rice was definitely looking for a firm that could replicate the style of its older buildings. Allan Greenberg was the way to go. He is one of the leading figures in New Classical architecture, and his firm's previous works truly are beautiful.

http://www.allangreenberg.com/projects/dupont-hall/

 

Don't get me wrong, I don't want beef with anybody, but you could've at least looked this guy up before deriding him as a "McMansion architect'. How disgusting.

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^^^ would LOVE to reference an illustration of this gorgeous edifice utilizing LED ornamental lighting at dusk.  i probably wouldn't be able to stop gazing at it......

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I took this photo earlier in the month and never got around to posting it, but nobody else has provided updates so it's still a good 6 weeks more current than anything else out there.  This is the new parking garage and office building, mostly finished.  Not the greatest photo but I was just walking by, and this was the best view I could get from the side I was on:

 

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I saw it a little closer and realized it was actually see through fake ivy printed on it. Looks good to me.

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I've noticed this fenced off area east of the stadium the last couple of times I rode through the campus, they've started digging. I believe this might be the opera house?

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Wow, I didn't realize they'd already broken ground - haven't been over to campus in some time. I think you're right, that looks like the location that was previously indicated for the new facility.

 

 

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My dog wants Rice to fix the fountain between Baker and the Biz School. It's been broken this entire semester and she likes to lay in it. 

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The Shepherd School has come a long way since the days when its practice rooms were consigned to the basement of Herman Brown Hall (the building that housed the Math and Math Sci departments), almost as an afterthought. Of course, that was back in the days when pretty much everything at Rice that wasn't related to engineering was an afterthought. 

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2 hours ago, KinkaidAlum said:

My dog wants Rice to fix the fountain between Baker and the Biz School. It's been broken this entire semester and she likes to lay in it. 

 

So that's where all the fur in the filters is coming from...:ph34r:

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It has gotten bigger, but not by that much. It's about 3800 undergrad and was 2800 when I started (in 2003). The 6700 includes grad students too.

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They had a welding machine on the hook of the northern tower crane, I assume they were doing some repairs to the crane.

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Beautiful day for a bike ride. I've been working so much lately so I haven't been able to ride much but I couldn't ask for a better day than this.

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More importantly, they fixed the fountain between Baker and Jones just in time for summer. It's my dog's favorite spot on campus other than begging for food from students... oh, and Rice Bikes!

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5 hours ago, KinkaidAlum said:

More importantly, they fixed the fountain between Baker and Jones just in time for summer. It's my dog's favorite spot on campus other than begging for food from students... oh, and Rice Bikes!

 

It took me a minute before I realized you were talking about Baker Hall and the Jones School building (McNair Hall), rather than Baker College, Jones College, and the "fairy fountain" between Jones and Brown Colleges. 

 

Then again, I still think of Baker Hall and McNair Hall as "those new buildings", even though they've been there for 20+ and 15+ years, respectively.

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On 5/25/2018 at 0:18 AM, Urbannizer said:

Rice University's School of Social Science department will begin construction on a new building 3Q 2018.

 

https://www.usgbc.org/projects/rice-university-school-social-science

 

http://news.rice.edu/2018/07/16/rice-to-break-ground-on-new-school-of-social-sciences-building-this-summer-2/

 

Rice University will break ground on the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, a new home for the School of Social Sciences, in August. The new building will be named for Patti and Jonathan Kraft, the lead donors for the project.



 

The new $38 million, four-story, 73,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed by November 2019 and open prior to the spring 2020 semester. It will include classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, undergraduate and graduate student lounges and a multipurpose space that can hold nearly 300 people for guest lectures and other events. It will be located on the former site of Intramural Field 6 at the corner of College Way and Alumni Drive, just south of Baker Hall and east of Tudor Fieldhouse, and will be the first structure on Rice’s new South Axis that will eventually extend from McNair Hall south to the corner of University Boulevard and Main Street.

 

The building will have an interior courtyard. The first floor will be open at the northeast end for entrance from the center of campus and at the southwest corner for an outside event and reception space. The building’s formal entrance will be at the west end of the courtyard. A large staircase will overlook the courtyard and act as an architectural feature.

The exterior of the building will have a curtain wall at the northeast end that features the St. Joe brick traditionally used in Rice’s architecture, along with windows on the south and west sides. Cast stone and marble will add more color and detail to the building exterior.

 

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