We have officially moved into our new home, the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center, also referred to as the Anderson-Clarke Center. More than 50 employees occupy the new three-story facility situated at the busiest entry on campus, entrance 8. Our new home allows the ESL Program to increase course offerings and student enrollment. ESL classrooms and offices, housed on the second floor, feature state-of-the art technology to enrich the student learning experience. A new student lounge provides an area for students to study, mingle or relax. We hope to see you in class soon.
Rice Through and Through
To preserve the spirit of Rice’s historic buildings,Overland Partners used the original architects’ design of a vertical to horizontal ratio with long, low buildings, a tri-part division of windows and an arched entryway.
To maintain the look and feel of Rice, the architects selected common building materials used through-out campus including St. Joe’s pale, grey-pink brick and patinated copper.
The green serpentine stone used on the reception counters and large conference room table was reclaimed from the Rice University Keith Weiss Geology Building.
The Baker College cast stone owls were repurposed above the entryway.
Our building is expected to earn LEED silver certiﬁcation from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Trees are a great part of Rice. Four large live oak trees were relocated to make way for construction and will be incorporated as part of the building site area. Our landscaping includes two tree species new to Rice: the Texas Ash tree and the Loquat Leaf Oak tree.
To save signiﬁcant energy over the building’s life cycle, software controlled/programmable LED lighting was installed throughout the building as well as occupancy sensing air conditioning/ventilation controls.
For our building’s classroom acoustics, the builders paid close attention to the sound transmission rating by utilizing demising walls between classrooms and incorporating sound absorptive materials to control reﬂections and reverberations. To minimize back-ground noise, low noise heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment was installed.
Our classrooms feature technology similar to that found elsewhere on campus.
Houston-based international artist and director of the Glassell School of Art, Joseph Havel, has created a site-speciﬁc bronze installation titled “In Play.” This monumental, ﬁve-part sculpture will activate the grand lawn, providing visitors with a unique sense of space and scale, while also challenging notions of materiality.
French/American artist Stephen Dean, known for his investigations in the movement of color and light, will create a site-speciﬁc multi-colored dichroic glass ladder. This installation is speciﬁcally designed to ﬁll the entire north stairwell window, maximizing the color and light that will be reﬂected and projected,both in the surrounding interior and exterior spaces.