The Anderson Clarke Center is the home of Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and has been described as the heart of continuing education in the broader community. This three story building with 24 classrooms, conference rooms, a language center, a freestanding auditorium and a commons area and terrace earned its LEED Gold standard in 2014. Among the building strategies and practices that earned the Anderson-Clarke Center its Gold status were:
- LED lighting. The Anderson Clarke Center is the first all-LED building on campus.
- Optimized energy performance. A demand-controlled ventilation design features sensors in the various classrooms and office areas.
- Renewable energy. Rice recently purchased a solar array that provides renewable energy to offset energy use.
- Storm-water management. The Anderson-Clarke Center manages its own stormwater, relying in part on the deeply recessed Great Lawn out front. This depressed lawn area allows for the capture of rain and storm water onsite and minimizes flooding to the surrounding area.
- Daylight views. Like at Brochstein Pavilion, a glass-walled atrium creates continuity and brings in natural light.
- Low-emitting materials. The project teams took care to use paints, sealants, glues and flooring that are low in volatile organic compounds, which can be harmful to human health.
- Site selection. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) discourages the addition of parking, and one benefit of the placement of the Anderson Clarke Center is its proximity to West Lot parking.
- Reclaimed materials. Green marble from another building on campus was used to cap the welcome desk inside the main entrance, and the two stone owls perched in the aluminum composite cubbies framing that entrance were reused too.