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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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I saw the crane from a distance so I checked it out yesterday but didn't know what they were building.

 

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^ That's the Moody Center for the Arts, The site for the office building and parking garage has another week open to parking before being blocked off for construction.

 

Edit: Merged the two, easier to follow like the U of H development thread.

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Does anyone know what the plans are for the track at University and Main?  They tore down the bleachers there in August.  I assume they are going to rebuild something nicer, but I haven't seen any renderings.  

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That one has been a bit of a clusterfuffle. They finally tore the old stands down, and then nothing. New ones were supposed to be installed in time for women's soccer this fall, but that was never going to happen. I'm sure they will get it done some day.

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On 12/12/2015 at 0:01 PM, Urbannizer said:

Office-Garage-Rendering-640x430.jpg

 

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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Looks like this area is fenced off with one of those pavement stripping machines on site.

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https://www.bisnow.com/houston/news/deal-sheet/this-weeks-houston-deal-sheet-59253

 

JE Dunn broke ground on the highly anticipated office annex at Rice. In addition to more workspace, the project will add desperately needed parking to the campus. To preserve the campus's aesthetic, the massive garage will be disguised with leaf images on large plastic scrims.

 

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the "desperately needed parking"? perhaps the author hasn't seen the surface parking covering the entire west side of the campus.  rice does many things right, but the west side of campus and deciding to erect a massive parking lot in this location are not one of them.  

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