Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative, RU Texas higher education building project news, American design

Rice University BioScience, Houston, Texas

RU BRC Building, TX design by SOM, Architects: USA Education Development Information

post updated November 10, 2023

Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative, Houston, Texas, USA

Date built: 2009

Design: Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects (SOM)

Rice University Sally Port building and formal landscape, Houston, Texas, United States of America:
Rice University Sally Port building landscape, Houston
photo : Claudia Paine22, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Rice University BioScience Building

While there have been an number of multi-disciplinary research buildings created on major campuses across the nation, the idea of multi-institutional collaboration is setting a new precedent. Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) facilitates collaboration between researchers of different scientific disciplines from Rice University and various institutes from Texas Medical Center.

The 477,000 gsf building is strategically located to bridge between the two adjacent campuses, bringing the inside of Rice University out, engaging Texas Medical Center and welcoming the City of Houston. At the heart of the BRC is a central “collaborative hub.”

This cylindrical core, expressed in the building’s form, serves as the center of intellectual and social exchange in the building. This openplan workspace brings together students who work with different principal investigators to promote cross fertilization of ideas.

Additionally, the hub is connected by double-height lounges accessed by open staircases which further encourage interaction. The “scientific marketplace” at the base of the building brings scientists from all floors together in shared core facilities, including imaging, vivarium, microscopy, classrooms and an auditorium, plus amenities such as retail, an outdoor plaza and cafés.

The BRC was designed to meet Gold LEED ® certification criteria, including one of the largest Heat Wheel and Air Acuity installations implemented in a lab facility to date.

Using an alternate form of IPD process, the project team saved $10 million by bringing in the building a year ahead of the original schedule with highly coordinated decision making and six early construction packages as part of the hyper-track delivery. Another $8 million was saved through the collaborative design process with the owner, the design team and the contractor.

Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative – Building Information

Scope: Architecture, Graphics, Interior Design, Programming, Structural Engineering (Schematic Design)
Architect: Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects, SOM
Client: Rice University
Size: 477,000 sqft
Date: 2009

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: moving away from traditional science silos to more occasions for intellectual and social exchange of ideas.

Architecture creates opportunities for collaboration and innovation, especially if it provides access to light, is spatially and programmatically rich, and has interior spaces that are easily adaptable to change.

Skidmore Owings Merrill architects – SOM

Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative information from Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects

Location: Rice University Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America

Rice University Architecture

Contemporary Architectural News from at Rice University, TX, USA – selection below:

Rice University Prize

Galveston Seawall Design Competition – Charrette news

Pecha Kucha Houston – event

Texas Architectural Designs

New Architecture in Texas

Houston Building

Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at Museum Of Fine Arts Houston
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Nancy and Rich Kinder Building from above
photo : Peter Molick, Thomas Kirk III
Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

Hsu Creative Office Building, Heights Neighborhood
Design: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Hsu Creative Office Building in Houston, Texas

Houston Ballet

American Architecture

Contemporary Architecture in the United States of America

American University Buildings

SOM Architects

American Architecture – Selection

Dallas Center for Performing Arts – The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Design: Joshua Prince-Ramus / Rem Koolhaas
Wyly Theatre Building – AT&T Performing Arts Center

American Architect : US architectural firm listings on e-architect – American design office contact details

The Momentary, Bentonville, Arkansas
Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects
The Momentary Museum Bentonville
photograph : Tom Harris Architectural Photography
The Momentary in Bentonville

University of Iowa building, Iowa City
Design: Steven Holl Architects
American University Design

Comments / photos for the Rice University BioScience Research CollaborativeHouston higher education architecture design by Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects (SOM) in Houston, Texas page welcome.