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.


Shepley Bulfinch Team

Geoffrey Freeman
Joseph Rondinelli
Buddy Mear
Laurel Francke
Andrea Hsu
Nomusa Ndebele
Susan Laferriere



  • 2007 "Best in Renovation - Private" award, Texas Construction Magazine

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