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IERAN TIMBERLAKE HAS SYNTHESIZED DIFFICULT TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS, ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY,and architectural craft in the new 110,000sf Brockman Hall for Physics on the Rice University campus. The architects split the $65 million research facility’s programmatic elements into two components – a north bar of day-lit offices and south bar of laboratory spaces shielded from the sun by a terra cotta screen – linked together by bridges of flexible collaborative space. The building, which opened early this year after a compressed schedule of just 33 months for design and construction, is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, a difficult objective for a laboratory facility to attain. The architects employed several strategies to fit this large program within the limited available space on the campus Science Quad and lessen its visual impact. To reduce the building’s visible volume, some of the labs are placed underground, a tactical move that also reduces the effects of the external surroundings on the scientific experiments conducted within. (The sensitive laboratory equipment required a virtually vibration-free environment, ultra-clean power, and additional air filtration.) The massing was further minimized through the development of a sophisticated family of varying transparent surfaces for each exterior face. Even the office bar’s asymmetri-

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r e s o u r c e s concrete materials :

Baker Concrete; unit pavers / porous paving : Sadlerstone (BIO Landscape

& Maintenance); site furnishings : Victor Stanly (BV Associates); glass block : Masonry & Glass Systems; masonry units : St. Joe Brick Works; metal work : Broome Welding; metal framing / gypsum / lumber / sound insulation / doors / frames : Baker Triangle; architectural woodwork : Hallmark Casework; waterproofing : CETCO (Western

Waterproofing); building insulation : Icynene (Diversified Thermal); roof and deck insulation : Johns Manville (Gulfstar Roofing and Sheet Metal); roof and wall panels : Alucobond/3A Composites USA (Admiral Glass); membrane roofing / roof accessories :

Gulfstar Roofing and Sheet Metal; entrances / glass : Viracon (Admiral

Glass); glazed curtainwall: Admiral Glass; tile : DalTile, Sadlerstone (American Marble Mosaic); acoustical / metal ceilings :

Armstrong; acoustical treatments : Decoustics, Simplex, Tectum, Nelson; signage : Hardman

Signs; lab casework : MGC; shades : MechoShades

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2011: Design Awards  

The September/October 2011 edition featured the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Awards. Jurors – Steve Dumez, FAIA; James Russell, FAIA;...

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2011: Design Awards  

The September/October 2011 edition featured the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Awards. Jurors – Steve Dumez, FAIA; James Russell, FAIA;...