Groundbreaking ceremony for new Rice Business building May 9

McNair Hall, home of Rice Business

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 112,000-square-foot building designed to accommodate unprecedented growth at the school and the evolving needs of the community.

Rice Business building design
A bold new look for Rice Business.

The new structure will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, modern office spaces and vibrant amenities such as dining areas, open gathering spaces and facilities for private events. The building will seamlessly integrate with McNair Hall — the current home of Rice Business — enhancing the campus environment and continuing to cultivate a collaborative culture.

Over the past five years, Rice Business has experienced rapid growth of its new undergraduate business major, a 50% increase in MBA students, a 41% increase of faculty and an increased cohort to the full-time MBA program and the MBA@Rice and hybrid MBA programs.

What: Groundbreaking ceremony for new Rice Business building

When: Thursday, May 9, 3-5 p.m. The groundbreaking will take place around 3:50 p.m.

Where: Woodson Courtyard at Rice’s McNair Hall. Complimentary self-parking available in the Central Garage.

News media who are interested in attending must RSVP with Avery Franklin, media relations specialist at Rice, at or 713-348-6327. Architectural renderings will be provided to the news media.