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.

AWARDS WON:
2017 Harleston Parker Medal (BSA) – Most Beautiful Building in Boston, Built in the Last 10 Year, People’s Choice
2017 AIA/ALA Library Building
2017 Grand Prize – Congress for New Urbanism, Charter Award
2017 AIA New England Design Excellence
2018 American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts – Gold
2018 CISCA Construction Excellence Gold
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
2017 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation
2017 Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, AGC Build New England, Honor
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
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Dartmouth College, Development Planning
Hanover, NH

For Dartmouth College, William Rawn Associates created the Master Plan of a mixed-use development in Hanover, NH. The Plan focused on several block-sized sites within downtown Hanover, where undergraduate, graduate and faculty housing were integrated into the existing town fabric. Cognizant of the incredibly delicate nature of Hanover and its overwhelming success at integrating the life of the Town with Dartmouth College, we completed a careful analysis of the qualities that work together to define Hanover. Through the interpretation of these principles we were able to develop a master plan that seamlessly integrates itself into the town’s existing fabric while extending that fabric in a logical and appropriate manner.

Our of the master plan, multiple projects were identified and select projects were implemented over time:
• 5,7,9 South Street
• Balch Street Apartments
• North Park Housing
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Dartmouth College, Housing
Hanover, NH

In conjunction with our planning work with the Real Estate Office and a variety of housing was developed in association with the campus plan.

• North Park Graduate Housing: The community is located on a quiet corner of the Dartmouth campus providing an ideal setting for this 11-building, 33-apartment, 111-bedroom neighborhood.

• 5,7,9 South Street Housing: Housing for graduate students and staff is provided in two and three bedroom duplex apartment units above a single story of retail and restaurant uses. An underground garage with 118 spaces as well as surface parking support the residential and retail operations of three new buildings.


• Balch Street Apartments: The Balch Street rental apartments are integrated into a neighborhood immediately adjacent to the Dartmouth College Campus. This important gateway site to the town and campus provides a variety of faculty, staff, and graduate apartments in flat and townhouse configurations. (28 units)

• Grasse Road Affordable Housing: 3 Prototype Houses: WRA built prototypes were built for 1350, 1500, and 1800 SF faculty houses for graduate students who attracted to campus but cannot afford to live in the local community with its good schools and amenities.
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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.
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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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