About the Project

Tellepsen completed the construction of a 77,000 square foot building which serves as the home to Rice University's School of Social Sciences. The facility serves to enhance research productivity and education, invigorate the collaborative culture of engineering and sciences, spur translation of research and entrepreneurship and enable strategic engagement with local industry. This facility also consists of a state-of-the-art classroom space, student lounges, gathering spaces for researchers to collaborate, flexible office spaces and a beautiful inner courtyard. The most unique aspect of this project is that it has the most prominent curtain wall of any building on the entire Rice University campus, resulting in a modern look while incorporating more traditional Rice finishes.


LEED Silver

The Numbers

  • 77,000

    Sq Ft
  • 16 Months

  • 4


The Details

Type: New Construction
Components: Classrooms, Administrative Offices, Courtyard
Method: Construction Manager at Risk
Client: Rice University

Safety Perspective

Tellepsen’s safety program merited the prestigious “Safest in the Nation” award five times, with four consecutive times ranked the 1st place winner. The Associated General Contractors Willis Safety Award program recognizes contractors for their unique safety program, safety processes, safety excellence, and outstanding performance.


  • Architect: Rogers Partners
  • MEP Engineer: I.A. Naman + Associates, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates and Walter P. Moore and Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Walter P. Moore and Associates

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