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Fort Bend CEO: Executive Insights – There’s Nothing “Trendy” About the Green Building Trend

By Jim Rice, LEED AP BD+C, CxA – “Green.” “Sustainable.” “Eco-friendly.” These words have become a part of the modern lexicon, applied to everything from the cars we drive to the food we eat. Sometimes they’re used so often it can be hard to remember that they actually are more than just buzzwords. The environmental …

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Engineering News Record: Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is one of Texas & Louisiana’s Best Projects, 2019

Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Houston Award of Merit Owner: Houston Independent School District Lead Design Firm: Gensler General Contractor: McCarthy Building Cos. Civil Engineer: Ward, Getz & Associates PLLC Structural Engineer: Cardno Haynes Whaley, Ensight Inc. MEP Engineer: Shah Smith & Associates Program Manager: Rice & Gardner Consultants Inc. The new replacement campus for Houston’s High School …

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Fort Bend CEO: Executive Insights – Why You Need a Project Manager

By Jim Rice, LEED AP BD+C, CxA – Starting a construction project, whether it be a new build, renovation or expansion, can be very exciting. However, it’s probably not the only thing on your to-do list. You have a business to run, and while your staff is great, can they manage a design/construction project and …

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Rice & Gardner on the Cover of Fort Bend Business Journal

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE NOW RICE AND GARDNER CONSULTANTS PUT THE SMART IN SMART BUILDINGS COVER STORY BY JOE SOUTHERN Smart buildings require smart construction and even smarter construction management. That’s where Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc. comes in. Founded in 2005 by Jim Rice and the late Kevin Gardner, the firm provides services to …

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Rice & Gardner Featured in Construction in Focus

By Stacey McCarthy for Construction in Focus Magazine When Rice & Gardner Consultants Inc. was founded in 2005, it was an opportunity to merge two complementary services: program management and MEP engineering. However, more importantly, the company’s inception was based on a vision: to truly serve their clients and the communities in which they worked, …

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Class of 2017: Tanglewood MS Featured on USGBC

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC reached a milestone in 2017: 2,000 LEED-certified schools. The accomplishment shows the huge impact that LEED has on both students and the environment. Each school provides healthy learning spaces, reduces the environmental impact made by buildings and inspires real-world lessons on sustainability. Where we learn matters, and these schools are …

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5 Ways IECC 2015 Affects Building Lighting Controls

Energy conservation is an important aspect of building design in today’s society. In the U.S. alone, the operation of buildings accounts for more than 40% of energy consumption. As a result, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2015, a residential and commercial building energy code, has been adopted by many states and regions in the …

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Katherine Smith Elementary earns LEED Silver!

Katherine Smith Elementary Katherine Smith Elementary School Phase II was recently certified with LEED Silver. Rice & Gardner performed fundamental and enhanced commissioning for the 60,000SF classroom addition at Katherine Smith Elementary. Rice & Gardner Senior Project Manager, Claude Yoas, was the leading Commissioning Authority who worked closely with the project team, which included Brave …