Rice University, Fondren Library
Houston, TX | 2006
The revitalized Fondren Library fulfills a vision set forth in the University’s Library Master Plan, integrating emerging technologies and supporting new patterns of activity and scholarship. Located in the center of campus, Fondren is at the crossroads of the historic quadrangle and new campus development, creating the opportunity for it to be not only an intellectual focal point, but also a link between the two zones. Visitors now arrive in a double-height entry area flanked by technology services, a cafe, and an information commons. The library provides a GIS laboratory and enhanced special collections area, while a penthouse reading room offers views of the campus. Completed as a phased renovation, the library remained open throughout construction. Shepley Bulfinch designed the project in association with Bailey Architects.
- Square Footage: 74,000 sf
- > Awards
Shepley Bulfinch TeamGeoffrey Freeman
- 2007 "Best in Renovation - Private" award, Texas Construction Magazine