WILLIAM MARSH RICE UNIVERSITY
The Rice University Brockman Hall for Physics will be a state-of-the-art facility that meets the exacting requirements of modern physics. This building will not only enable new types of experiments, but will also consolidate research activities in fundamental and applied physics, which now are conducted in six different buildings across the campus, and promote collaborative interactions.
The 110,000 square-foot (10,219 square-meter) facility will include vibration- and noise-controlled laboratories located underground to support work in atomic, molecular and optical physics; biophysics; condensed matter physics; nanoengineering and photonics. In addition to vibration control, laboratories in the new building will have substantially better temperature, humidity and air-flow control than Rice's existing research facilities. The university has set a sustainable design goal for the building of a silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.
Brockman Hall will include 16 physics labs, 6 engineering physics labs, faculty and graduate offices, conference rooms and a lecture hall. The building will house a significant portion of the Rice Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as faculty from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering who are pursuing research in applied physics.
The new facility will support research in a variety of areas with direct relevance to NIST's mission, including nanoscale science and technology, atomic physics, quantum physics, optical technology, electron and optical physics, microelectronics, semiconductor electronics and biophysics. The $11,130,018 in funding from the NIST Construction Grants Program represents 25% of the approved project costs of $44,520,000.