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Projects • Rice University Space Science & Technology Building

Rice University Space Science & Technology Building

Houston, Texas

Originally built in 1966, Rice University’s Space Science & Technology Building was the nation’s first dedicated space science department. The 88,000 SF building underwent a complete renovation in 2018 that included the entirety of the facility’s MEP systems. In addition to lab and office space, the Space Science & Technology Building has a 6,000 SF clean room that contains 2,500 SF of Class 1000 (ISO 6). The clean room is based on a bay and chase approach in an “H” shape. The remainder of the suite is for equipment support, characterization, sample prep, and storage.

For commissioning services, SSR provided hands-on involvement with design, installation, start-up, integrated system testing, control sequence verification and control point verification of installation and assignment. This included validation of all control components, from sensor to front end graphics, as well as job progress meetings as requested by the University and working with the TAB contract. Non-functioning systems, devices, or sequences were identified one by one, and re-inspections completed until all punch list items were clear and accepted. All utility metering points and devices were fully checked for calibration and reporting.


  • Rice University

Project Completion

  • 2019


Project Size

  • 88,000 SF

Service Provided