Boston Public Library - Central Branch
Johnson Building Improvements
Boston, MA

The Johnson Building project consists of 156,000 SF in renovations in two phases to the landmarked 1972 Phillip Johnson Addition to the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library. The BPL seeks to welcome the public, engage young patrons, and demonstrate that the library is a place for life-long learning and exploration. The renovations include the removal of the granite plinths, which currently block the ground floor windows, and replacement of the dark glazing with a visually transparent curtainwall.

Phase 1, completed in early 2015, provides greater and improved amenities for the Reference, General Collections, Childrens, and Teens.

Phase 2, completed in the summer of 2016, removes the granite plinths. The three bays facing Boylston open up to create a new two-story Boylston Hall, which includes additional entry points and retail on the northwest corner.

2017 Harleston Parker Medal (BSA) – Most Beautiful Building in Boston, Built in the Last 10 Years + People’s Choice Award
2017 AIA/American Library Association Library Building Award
2017 Grand Prize – Congress for New Urbanism, Charter Award
2017 AIA New England Design Excellence Award
2018 American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts – Gold Award
2018 CISCA Construction Excellence Gold Award
2017 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for Design
2017 Preservation Massachusetts Paul & Niki Tsongas “The Power of Preservation” Award, Biggest Impact: Urban Category
2017 Boston Preservation Alliance, Preservation Achievement Award
2017 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award
2017 Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, AGC Build New England, Honor Award
2017 ENR New England Region Best Projects Award, Renovation/Restoration Category
2017 Construction Management Association of America, CMAA New England Chapter, Project Achievement Award, Renovation/Modernization Project of the Year
2017 Illumination Engineering Society – Section Award
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Convergent Science Center
Chapel Hill, NC

The Convergent Science Complex will be is a center for innovation intended to accelerate the translational impact of the University’s research programs. The building will include the new Institute for Convergent Science, the Applied Physical Sciences Department, and the Psychology and Neuroscience Departments, and will aim to break traditional boundaries between disciplines. The building is organized as a gateway between the main academic campus and the health sciences corridor. An entrance at the corner of South Road and South Columbia street leads into a main atrium where the heart of the building is visible to all who pass through on their route into the main campus.
Museum of Science, Blue Wing Master Plan
Cambridge, MA

The Blue Wing, the Museum of Science’s largest exhibition space, was a pioneer of museum design when it opened in 1971. Architect Verner Johnson conceived of the Blue Wing as a black box for science.

In 2018, William Rawn Associates developed a Master Plan for the Blue Wing to modernize and improve the visitor experience. Phase 1 is currently under construction.
Boston Museum of Science
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Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Huntington Tower Revitalization Study
Boston, MA

The MassArt Huntington Tower Revitalization Study (320,000 GSF) reimagined this aging campus building into a transformative gateway building for the campus. WRA reprogrammed the interiors to provide flexible purpose and built space to promote interdisciplinary collaboration for the arts.

The study recommended a phased approach in order to replace the failing exterior curtain wall, address interior MEP and accessibility issues, and a complete interior renovation and programmatic reorganization while recognizing the Commonwealth’s funding capacity.
King Open / Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex Underground Parking
Cambridge, MA

The King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex project locates the 105 space garage below the building. This enabled the project to increase the existing open space on site by almost one acre.
Valente Library
Cambridge, MA

The Valente Branch is designed to serve both the adjacent schools and the greater Cambridge neighborhood. The 10,000 SF library provides spaces for individuals of all ages and families “all under one roof.” The building form along with the adjacent academic wing create a crescent shaped Civic Plaza along Cambridge Street to welcome the whole community to engage with their new resource.

The branch library is the most public element of the Community Complex. A primarily glazed façade acts as a beacon for the neighborhood. The library is transparent and inviting to the pedestrians and bikers on this major thoroughfare.

The reading garden was a beloved feature of the 1961 Valente Branch and has been reimagined for today’s patrons. The branch library has tutor rooms, quiet study and a program/community room. These new spaces have enabled Valente to double its programming attendance in the first months of opening.

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Case Western Reserve University, South Residential Village - Phase I & II
Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University engaged William Rawn Associates to implement the first and second phases of the South Residential Village (SRV) Master Plan. The SRV is a district plan intended provide an improved second year experience for the 1,200 sophomores. The project includes 600 beds, community and amenity spaces. Designing an integrated and active landscape will connect the existing housing at the top of the hill, the Murray Hill and Greek housing to the new 600 bed complex and serve as a hub for the second year experience.