Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch
Boston, MA

Overlooking the Bremen Street Park, the new East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library serves the entire East Boston community, one of Boston’s fastest-growing and most diverse neighborhoods. The project includes an open-plan community reading room with views of the park and the Boston skyline, with dedicated areas for adults, children & teens, in addition to a quiet reading room, a conference room and community space for multipurpose programs. A Reading Porch runs the length of the building along the park, providing outdoor space for reading, congregating, and using the wireless internet network. Plan flexibility and a focus on early literacy programming define this compact, technologically advanced branch library. The building is LEED Gold Certified. (15,000 s.f.)
Robert Benson Photography
Mount Auburn Cemetery Expansion
Watertown, MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery, America’s first “rural” cemetery and now a major arboretum and tourist destination in addition to an active cemetery, has asked William Rawn Associates to develop a Master Plan for the use of one of the last open areas in the Cemetery. WRA’s plan locates a new Horticultural Center and Greenhouse, a non-denominational chapel, and cemetery service spaces as well as additional burial space and the cemetery operations yard. The first phases of the plan – the Horticultural Center and Greenhouse – are in construction documents and will be a LEED Platinum project utilizing geothermal and solar PV technology to save energy and rainwater collection for building and greenhouse use to save water. This new commitment to sustainability reinforces the Cemetery’s historical celebration of nature.
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Miami University
Armstrong Student Center
Oxford, OH

Located at the heart of Miami University’s historic campus, this dynamic new Student Center serves as a hub of student activity, providing spaces for large events and performances, student organization offices, lounges and study areas, and 24-hour food service. An inviting central atrium space, sited along a major new “interior street”, creates the core of the new Center. The project combines renovation of two building with new construction. As part of University goals the project is currently tracking LEED Gold. (Associate Architect: BHDP Architecture Phase I: 150,000 g.s.f.; Phase II: 50,000 g.s.f.)
Photography: © Robert Benson Photography; © Ryan Kurtz
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SUNY Alfred State College
Student Leadership Center
Alfred, NY

The Student Leadership Center brings together students, staff and faculty in a campus common with over a dozen leadership suites, or "storefronts," which line the upstairs and downstairs edge of the common/dining space. The highly visible leadership suites act to engage and inspire students by promoting involvement opportunities. The building also features a café, radio station, gaming room, climbing wall, and additional space for the over 90 active clubs at the college. Bergmann Associates is the Associate Architect. (50,000 gsf)
© David Lamb
University of Virginia
Ruth Caplin Theatre
Charlottesville, VA

Following our firm’s Arts Precinct Master Plan, completed in 2001, this 24,000 project features a new 300-seat multi-use Theater. Designed to heighten “thrust” experience (with audience surrounding the stage on three sides), the new venue also accommodates film, and dance. The project provides a new transparent facade (in front of the existing Drama Building) fronting on the Arts Quad, a steeply sloping green space that is the heart of the Master Plan. The building is fully integrated into the hillside, and is capped by a vegetated roof terrace. This glassy “Theater in the Landscape” fosters strong connections among the Arts disciplines that surround the quadrangle. (24,000 s.f.)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Performing Arts and Humanities Building
Baltimore, MD

This project brings together the Performing Arts and Humanities Faculty in a new state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility. A two-phase project, this new facility includes a 275-seat Proscenium Theatre with a flytower and flexible forestage, a 350-seat Concert Hall, a Black Box Theatre, Dance Studio Theatres, a recital hall, recording studio, rehearsal studios, music technology labs, numerous classrooms, offices and informal gathering spaces. Grimm + Parker Architects is the Associate Architect. (160,000 g.s.f.)
© Ken Wyner; © Robert Benson Photography
Harvard Business School, Tata Hall
Cambridge, MA

Tata Hall is a new Executive Education residential and classroom building at Harvard Business School in Boston. Located at the northeast corner of the campus, Tata Hall enhances and extends the School’s portfolio of Executive Education program offerings. The building houses executives who come from around the globe to advance their education and then return to strengthen their organizations. The arc-shaped building contains 179 bedrooms with private baths, two 99-seat tiered classrooms, as well as office space for administrative staff and common spaces to help build community among the nearly 10,000 participants who attend the Executive Education programs each year. The building opened in December 2013. (163,000 s.f.)
Robert Benson Photography, Anton Grassl, Bruce Martin
Berklee College of Music
160 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA

Fronting on Massachusetts Avenue, the new multi-use residence hall for Berklee College of Music strengthens the College’s multiple connections to the City of Boston. The transparent facade reveals the life of the building while creating an active urban street edge. The building includes freshman housing, a 400-seat, 2-story Dining Hall serving as a student performance venue overlooking the street, music technology studios, student activity and gathering spaces, and ground-floor retail. (176,000 g.s.f.)
© Bruce T. Martin; © Robert Benson Photography
US Courthouse,
Cedar Rapids, IA

Sited on the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, IA, this United States District Courthouse brings together for the first time the District, Magistrate, and Bankruptcy Courts, as well as Appellate Court chambers, Probation Services, Congressional offices and the offices of the U.S. Attorney. Like older courthouses, all courtrooms have windows that fill the courtrooms with diffuse daylight. The Courthouse opened to the public on November 6, 2012. The Associate Architect is OPN Architects (300,000 g.s.f.)

> A recent Awareness into Action white paper featured Cedar Rapids Courthouse for its innovative solutions to security and sustainability design challenges.
2016 AIA/AAJ Justice Facilities Review Award;
2016 General Service Administration Design Award;
2014 AIA New England Chapter Honor Award;
2014 Boston Society of Architects, Design Excellence Award
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