Each new residential college at Rice University is 115,000 square feet, 5 stories, and has capacity for 324 beds. Sharing a common kitchen/servery, each college will have a dedicated dining hall. The dining halls, or commons, are designed for various group activities, including theatrical productions.
Named after former U.S. Secretary of Energy Charles Duncan and his wife Anne, Duncan College will be the first LEED Gold-certified project on the Rice University campus. Upon completion in the fall of 2009 it will be one of the most energy-efficient buildings in Houston.
Being built concurrently with Duncan College, McMurtry College will house 324 students. The college was designed for energy efficiency, and will meet LEED standards. It is named for its generous donators, Burton and Deedee McMurtry.
Some of the energy-efficient features include green roofs, low flow plumbing fixtures, “smart” thermostats to sense occupancy for automatic set point adjustment, and window sensors interlocked with the air conditioning systems to shut down units when windows are open.