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FAQs

1) Where will the Energy HPC Conference be held?

The conference will be held at the Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative Building (BRC).

BRC
Rice University
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030-1402

2) What safety guidelines will there be?

We are implementing procedures and protocols in all areas of the conference in compliance with Rice University COVID policies. Let’s all work together to keep each other healthy.

3) Where can I park?

The BRC parking facilities are comprised of a three-level underground garage with approximately 325,000 square feet of space and can hold up to 762 parked vehicles. The rate for the BRC Garage is $1 per 10 minutes, $12 daily maximum for each exit.

Parking is not included in the price of registration. The Payment method is by CASH or CREDIT CARD – At the garage entrance, the driver uses his credit card or pulls an entry ticket from the machine to open the gate. The visitor is instructed to park on the first floor (B1). If the visitor pulled a ticket, he or she will carry the entry ticket with them when they exit the car. When ready to leave, the visitor stops at the “pay-on-foot” machine near the elevators. As instructed by the machine, the visitor inserts the ticket into the machine and is shown the amount owed. The visitor may then pay with cash (coins or paper currency) or credit card. The machine issues an exit ticket. The visitor then drives to the exit gate, inserts the exit ticket, and the gate opens. To print a receipt, the visitor can push the button next to the word “Receipt” on the pay-on-foot machines. IMPORTANT – if you are issued a validation, please insert it FIRST into the machine, it will keep the validation. Then, insert the credit card used or ticket pulled at the entry and the gate will open.

4) Is WiFi available at the BRC?

Yes, guests can access the Rice Visitors network by agreeing to the Terms & Conditions when they open their web browser.

5) What hotels are nearby the BRC?

The following hotels are close to the event venue and have a discounted rate for Rice University guests. Please review the details below as you determine where to book your stay in Houston, TX for the 17th annual Energy HPC Conference. All nearby hotels should offer free shuttles that will drop you off at Rice University's BRC. Please arrange shuttle service with the hotel well in advance of when you need it. Reach out to us at kenkennedy@rice.edu to get more information about booking with one of the following hotels.

InterContinental Houston – Medical Center (0.5 miles)

6750 Main Street

Houston, TX 77030 

Phone: 713-870-8954

Houston Marriot – Med Center/Museum District (0.1 miles)

6580 Fannin St

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-770-8140 

The Westin Houston – Medical Center/Museum District (0.2 miles)

1709 Dryden Road

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-730-2404

Hilton Houston Plaza – Med Center (0.3 miles)

6633 Travis Street

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-313-4000

Hotel ZaZa Houston – Museum District (1.2 miles)

5701 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-639-4547 

Residence Inn Houston – West University (1.7 miles)

2939 Westpark Drive

Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-661-4660

Courtyard Houston – Rice University (1.8 miles)

 2929 Westpark Drive

Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-661-5669

Hilton Garden Inn Houston – Medical Center (1.7 miles)

6840 Almeda Rd

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 346-433-8200

Additional recommended hotels in the area include:
 

Hyatt Place Houston – Medical Center (1.1 miles)

7329 Fannin Street

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 346-502-4703

Blossom Hotel Houston (1.5 miles)

7118 Bertner Ave

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 832-734-8888 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston – Medical Center (1.7 miles)

6840 Almeda Road

Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 346-433-8200
 

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