Campus Architecture Database: McMurtry and Duncan Colleges

McMurtry and Duncan Colleges

Rice University, Houston, Tex.

Building Type: Residential

Construction Type: New

Cost: $132-million

Square Footage: 288,920

Architect: Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company; Hopkins Architects

Contractor: Linbeck

Opened: 2009

This project, which completes a residential area on the university’s north campus, accommodates 648 students in two five-story residential colleges. The project combines the traditional features of residential colleges—each has a dedicated dining commons, a master’s residence, and civic and green space—with new technologies such as prefabricated bathroom pods. Along with green roofs, the pods are among the buildings’ many sustainable features. Rice expects Duncan to earn LEED gold certification, and McMurtry to earn at least LEED silver.

McMurtry and Duncan Colleges

(Photos: Robert Benson)

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