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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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Not the most interesting project on campus but I think it's pretty cool that they will be using geothermal and photovoltaics, and some other neat environmental stuff.

http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~emk4149/index.htm

The webcam is worth checking out. You can see the Methodist Hospital construction on the webcam.

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I heard that Brochstein Pavilion was set to open very soon - two weeks maybe? It sure doesn't look like it will be ready...

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Yeah I'm a bit disappointed in the fact that it doesn't appear to be ready any time soon. I was expecting to be able to study in there before I graduate. :(

There is a chance I'll stay at Rice and be able to use this place next year, but that is up in the air right now..

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...should be completed within a month, and will feature a coffee house run by Deidrich's, so I will finally have another option for coffee/lunch....

I was wondering where the new location was. They have been looking for new employees at the new location, but never had a chance to find out.

Great job, Mark.

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I heard that Brochstein Pavilion was set to open very soon - two weeks maybe? It sure doesn't look like it will be ready...

I believe there is supposed to be a dedication ceremony on March 22, but I don't think they will be quite done with all the landscaping by then. It will definitely not be done in 2 weeks (I spoke to the project manager today).

As a side note, the Rice F&E people have been doing a great job lately at keeping up communication with the Rice students/faculty/staff who are interested. I'm going to be getting married in the Rice Chapel before the project is finished, but when I e-mailed just to find out what their timeline was they immediately responded and are actually going to make sure there is no construction noise during the wedding. Quite a bit more helpful than they had to be.

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Just got word that they're scrambling to try and finish up the Brochstein Pavilion for an April 24th dedication...landscaping is supposed to be happening now/soon by the west entrance of the library.

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note split topic, originating from the Collaborative Research Center thread

6) My personal favorite: Brochstein Pavillion going in the heart of the campus - should be completed within a month, and will feature a coffee house run by Deidrich's, so I will finally have another option for coffee/lunch. Along with the building is a complete renovation of the area behind the library, adding tons of trees, fountains, outdoor seating, etc. Should be really nice.

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Just got word that they're scrambling to try and finish up the Brochstein Pavilion for an April 24th dedication...landscaping is supposed to be happening now/soon by the west entrance of the library.

Oops, I meant April 22 - and that was wrong too, it is April 24 I guess. I think they are planning on having the building done by then, but the landscaping won't be entirely finished by then.

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Got a quick peek of the inside, and it is coming along...the walkways are finished and open, and looks like the water fountain thingies are about to be finished also.

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It's nice finally being able to walk behind Fondren again. When is the actual cafe supposed to be open? Now that I know for sure that I am staying around for a PhD, I'll be able to hang out at this place sometimes.

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Here are some from just a little while ago - they are finishing up the landscaping and the interior, and the two long fountains are running. There is a large amount of asian jasmine groundcover being planted along the north side of the pavilion - i wish they could have planted grass instead for more lawn space. oh well.

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I also took a cell phone photo yesterday before the dedication. Too bad its not open to students yet. :(

It's very different from what you expect from Rice Architecture (so is the CRC) but somehow I think it works, I love the windows, the landscaping is nice, and I like the fact that they planted new trees. It really makes that empty area behind the library so much nicer.

It reminds me of Menil a bit.

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Open, but haven't made it in yet.

Dirk's Coffee will provide the food and beverage service for the Brochstein Pavilion. In addition to Diedrich's brand coffees and other beverages, the pavilion menu will include sandwiches, salads, snacks and desserts.

During its first week of operation, which is also finals week, Brochstein Pavilion will be open 24 hours a day to give students, faculty and staff access to "Broch around the clock." The nonstop operation begins at 9 a.m. April 27 and continues through midnight May 2. Beginning May 3, the pavilion will operate on a summer schedule: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For commencement, May 10, the pavilion will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight.

For more information about Brochstein Pavilion and upcoming events, visit www.rice.edu/brochstein.

http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.as...EW&ID=10923

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Chronicle article on the Brochstein Pavilion from Lisa Gray:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/ar...ay/5866353.html

Interesting analysis about the placement and aesthetics of Fondren Library - she calls the Pavilion the "anti-Fondren." I always thought Fondren kinda looked like a lump on the quadrangle, and I agree about the importance of the new west entrance.

Fwiw, I have yet to step foot in the pavilion let alone purchase anything. Wonder if it will ever be student-run...

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The Brochstein Pavilion won the Best of 2008 - Higher Education from Texas Construction Magazine:

Located in the heart of the university

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There are two long black stone fountains between the pavilion and the library

I thought that was what it was....so it is like a reflecting pool with a very thin cascade down the side or some similar setup...thanks for reply

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They look nice when they are clean and running - for a while there was no chlorine in them and the trees (when they had leaves) would muck up everything...

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Here is some info on the new Rice physics building which is currently under construction. It's going to be next door to the Space Science building which is one of the ugliest buildings on campus in my opinion. I'm not sure I'm crazy about the design of the new physics building either, but it will be great for the physics department and I am sure the facilities will be top notch.

There's a live webcam too.

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They're really cramming this one in..

At least they put small plexi windows in the ugly plywood fencing put up around the site..

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A few years ago plans were scrapped to renovate it and now new plans are in the works again.

 

Throughout the article it is argued that it's more architecturally significant than the Astrodome. I went to Rice stadium once when I was a kid and I don't remember the outside at all. It would be sweet if Rice could become the Stanford of the south in terms of sports - as unlikely as that is. Still, a renovated stadium would be cool. I don't see why they couldn't get a bowl game, host high school football games and other events.

 

The article notes that they don't want to drastically change the architecture.

 

new plans (no renderings - this is very premature): http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/At-Rice-future-of-another-stadium-also-in-5043101.php?cmpid=albtfp#/8

 

Old plans: http://www.chron.com/sports/rice/article/Plans-unveiled-for-renovation-of-Rice-Stadium-2408811.php

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For watching football games the stadium is adequate the way it is. It's the rest of it that needs renovating. High school stadiums have nicer dressing rooms then Rice. That's why I liked the last plan. They were going to preserve the main stadium and just tear down and rebuild the old outdated facilities on the south end zone. It was a good plan but apparently cost more then the school wants to spend. I'm afraid any new plans will just be a cover up, much like the slight renovations 10 years ago. 

 

 

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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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