Rice University New Music Building and Performing Arts Center


  • Location:  Houston, Texas, USA
  • Execution Year:  2018
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Brief Info

Rice University New Music Building will be a new world-class center for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas, United States with the Architectural Level comprising of Basement, 1st Floor Plan, Mezzanine Floor, 2nd Floor, Upper Balcony, Catwalk Floor, Upper Catwalk Floor and Roof. Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music planned to break ground on a new music and opera building in September 2017. The new structure designed by Allan Greenberg Architect LLC will be connected by a plaza to the school’s current facility, Alice Pratt Brown Hall and will form Rice’s Music and Performing Arts Center. The new building is expected to be open to students and the general public in July 2020. The new center will be a transformative addition to the Shepherd School, the opera program and the greater university. The center will energize Rice’s campus at the west end of its Inner Loop. The center will offer premium performance space for opera, chamber orchestra, chamber music and theater; meet the growing need for rehearsal and practice space; and provide a hallmark venue to attract and host high-profile speakers. The new music and performing arts center represents the continuing aspirations for the ongoing success of the Shepherd School and will take to an entirely new level the ability to serve more broadly as an arts and event venue for the Rice community and the city of Houston. Allan Greenberg Architect LLC, an architectural firm with offices in New York City and Alexandria, Va., has been engaged to create the 84,000-square-foot facility, which will house a three-tiered, 600-seat, European-style opera theater with an orchestra pit for 70 musicians. Theater design will be led by Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates, a New York-based theater planning and design firm. The Chicago-based firm Threshold Acoustics will provide acoustic direction under Scott Pfeiffer. The new Rice opera theatre, its form and acoustics derived from beloved opera houses in Europe, will immerse performers and audiences in an intimate, present aural environment tailored to student voices. Houston’s award-winning Linbeck Group will act as general contractor.

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Key Facts

  • 100,000 sq ft

    Project Area
  • 400

    LOD
  • 4 Engineers

    Team Size