Construction has begun for the Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Designed by Kieran Timberlake Associates, this state-of-the-art 110,000 GSF facility will provide research laboratories, classrooms and offices for the Department of Physics & Astronomy and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Scheduled for completion in 2011, the project anticipates a LEED silver certification.
Working closely with Kieran Timberlake and a diverse team of University administrators, the Office of James Burnett has designed a series of flexible public spaces that encourage congregation, regulate microclimatic conditions, improve human comfort and create the opportunity for chance interactions between the various researchers that will occupy the building. Encouraged by progress during the design process, Rice University has also engaged OJB to prepare a landscape master plan for the Science Precinct that would knit together several disparate spaces of nearby buildings into one comprehensive open space system.