“This has been a very compressed schedule, from designing, permitting and building all within the space of two months,” said Larry Vossler, senior project manager in Facilities, Engineering and Planning, in a release.
The four semi-permanent structures are under construction, with the first expected to open in time to serve as home base for Sid Richardson College’s orientation week activities, which start Aug. 16.
Each structure is 50 feet by 70 feet and will be equipped with air conditioning and heating systems, automatically opening doors, power outlets, moveable furniture and audiovisual capabilities. Each was also designed to provide flexible study spaces in the evenings.
In addition to the semi-permanent structures, Rice University will add five temporary open-sided tents across campus to provide more event space.
“This is allowing us to create spaces where people can safely physically distance and still have social interaction, whether it’s in a classroom structure or in a setting where they’re doing an activity with a larger student group,” said Susann Glenn, director of communications for administration.