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On 7/2/2021 at 12:06 PM, hindesky said:

Cool find of the day is that the Rice Media Center is going to be demolished soon.

They held the final film screening there several weeks ago (Eagle Pennell's LAST NIGHT AT THE ALAMO, quite an appropriate choice under the circumstances), followed by an open house the following afternoon for anyone who wanted to pay a visit one last time before the process of prepping the building for demolition began. 

Inside the projection booth, former students, regulars, and other cinephiles had inscribed their memories on the walls.

 

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29 minutes ago, hindesky said:

Skidmore Owings & Merril and Scientia Architects are architects for the Abercrombie Science building.

https://scientiaarchitects.com/dev/archives/portfolio-item/luna-genetics-2

I wondered if there was a connection with Rice's Scientia Institute and the long-running lecture series it sponsors, but if there is, it's not readily apparent.

https://scientia.rice.edu/

But this isn't Scientia Architects' first project at Rice, either - had to hunt a bit but found this in the background section of the firm's principal architect:

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Rice University*
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Multiple projects including: Keck Hall Bioengineering & Biochemistry Building renovation/additions; Nanotechnology Research Lab; BioScience Research Collaborative (477,000 SF build out); New Emerging Science & Technology Center (NEST); and MD Anderson Biological Labs renovation.

 

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Rice gets $100M grant for future student center, new endowments

Brittany BrittoStaff writer
Sep. 22, 2021
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Rice University has received $100 million from the Moody Foundation to build a new student center on campus and to create endowments that support student opportunity and success.

The planned Moody Center for Student Life and Opportunity is intended to become a focal point for the private university and will be designed by Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, the same architect who designed the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

With Rice’s plans to increase the undergraduate student body by 20 percent by fall 2025, the 80,000-square-foot center is expected to have three levels, with ample space for a range of student programming. It will replace the existing Rice Memorial Center, which was built more than 60 years ago to accommodate a fifth of the student population expected over the next four years.

The facility will include a multicultural center, a rooftop auditorium, a variety of gathering and event spaces, and a memorial to 10 Navy ROTC students from Rice who died in 1953 when their plane crashed en route to a training mission in Virginia.

Some elements of the existing center, including its chapel and the cloisters, will remain. Construction is expected to begin in early 2022 and finish in late 2023.

Rice President David Leebron, who plans to step down in June, envisions the center to be a place where students will “broaden their engagements and experiences in ways that will empower their success throughout their lives.”

“It will also enable us to both connect more deeply with Houston and with the world,” Leebron said in a written statement. “This will be the epitome of what an inclusive and outward-looking student center should be. It will serve the 21st-century understanding of the essential elements of student education, which go far beyond the classroom experience.”

The charitable foundation’s gift will also establish the Moody Fund for Student Opportunity, which will support student programs hosted in the student center and throughout the university.

Elle Moody, a Rice alumna and a trustee of both the university and the Galveston-based Moody Foundation, said she believes the gift “will have a profound and lasting effect on the campus and its students.”

The foundation’s $100 million gift is one of two of the largest single donations the university has received, matching the $100 million grant from the Robert A. Welch Foundation last September to create Rice’s Welch Institute.

brittany.britto@chron.com

 
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The campus just gets more defined and unified every day. With the completion of the western end of the inner loop around the newly landscaped,  Brockman Hall for Opera, the Moody Center for the Arts, the Turrell Skyspace, Autry Court and the new Kraft Hall for Social Science, it has really solidified the southwestern edge of campus. It will be exciting to see how the new student center by Adjaye will fit into the mix, being at the center of the universe. The new murals are a nice addition. I recognize the black and white floral drawing to be by Karin Broker, a longtime professor of Printmaking, Drawing and Dramatic Arts at Rice. She's won numerous awards and has been shown in Houston by McClain gallery.  I'm not familiar with the other artists work but both are amazing. I also can't wait for the new Abercrombie Science Laboratory to complete that plaza. Last I wonder what's in store for the northwestern quadrant of intramural fields. 

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So Rice is creating a new residential college! Makes sense since the plan is to add 800-1,200 undergraduate students bringing Rice to 4,500-5,000 undergrads. Great move, especially if they can keep the academic profile the same. 

My dream for the city is to have Rice get to 10,000 or so undergrads and have UH improve to be a top 30-50 public institution. 

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Actually the Hanszen College rebuild replaces a very old section of Hanszen College but I think it adds more rooms than the previous version. I still think they will have to add more rooms and probably build more colleges to get to the amount they want.

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40 minutes ago, MidCenturyMoldy said:

Am I remembering correctly? Wasn't Charles Renfro the architect who was originally chosen to design the Rice opera house?

From an article on the Opera House in 2017...

 

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The project had also switched architects over the years. New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro — tapped in 2014 — successfully completed the pre-design stage, but by last year Allan Greenberg Architect LLC had begun on the schematic and design stages of the new building. Allan Greenberg has offices in New York and Alexandria, Virginia.

 

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The first "glulam" columns going in at the Hanszen College.

What is Glulam? Glue-laminated timber (glulam) is a structural engineered wood productcommonly used for beams and columns in residential and commercial applications.

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According to this old Rice Thresher article the timeline sounds correct, start 1st quarter '22 and completion by fall 2023.

"Rice hopes to begin construction on the new student center by the first quarter of 2022.  Adjaye Associates, an architecture firm with offices in Accra, Ghana, London and New York, will design Rice’s new student center, which is expected to be complete by fall 2023."

https://www.ricethresher.org/article/2020/11/award-winning-architecture-firm-selected-to-design-new-student-center

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