Sustainability Statistics

Land

  • The historic context of the site was considered, as the project is positioned in the middle of a prestigious uniformed campus. The landscape helps unite the architecture.
  • Healthy soils were conserved on-site.

Planting

  • Appropriate vegetation was conserved.
  • Annual planting was avoided.
  • 91 trees were saved on-site.
  • 69 trees were planted.

Water

  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 80,000 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 80 American residents for one day.*
  • The trees on this site can intercept 56 inches of rain in a year. This exceeds the site's average annual rainfall of 49.6 inches of rainfall.
  • 56% of surfaces are permeable.

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • The project reduces light pollution with full cutoff fixtures in support of the dark skies initiative.
  • A fountain is introduced to reduce the temperature in an outdoor study space.
  • The trees sequester 19,200 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 2.3 cars per year.**
  • Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is minimized with prohibited smoking on-site.

Waste

  • Reusable vegetation, rocks, and soil are diverted from disposal.

Social

  • The project provides optimum site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
  • The Brochstein Pavillion is an amenity for research, meetings, and gathering for the entire community.
  • Outdoor fitness, academic classes, and educational tours take place on the landscape surrounding the pavilion.
* The tree average for water interception is 400 gallons. (treebenefits.com) American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts) 
**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University
The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University

The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University Sustainability Statistics The Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University