This stunning residential space in the heart of historic Rice University added new residential density and ground floor student life uses such as group work spaces and a café. To complement this reinvestment, the university removed a city street and concrete walks, replacing them with a connective system of pervious pea stone paths and exterior courts with moveable tables and chairs. The simple pea stone material kept construction costs as low as possible and increased storm water infiltration in an area subject to intense rainfalls. This straightforward methodology used a soil medium that will sustain the existing grove of stunning live oaks into a new era of the campus’ civic landscape legacy.
DumontJanks team members led the development of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.