Salem State University: New Residence Hall
Client: Massachusetts State College Building Authority

This 350 bed; 105,000 GSF residence hall at Salem State University creates a new face to the University's Central Campus. The building is organized into two wings that define two major new green spaces - an outward looking civic green, and a south-facing quadrangle that is the center of residential life. A glassy bridge connects the two wings where these two outdoor spaces come together. The project includes a large campus-wide public space that serves as a Starbucks café by day and a performance venue for open-mic nights and other events by night.
©Robert Benson Photography
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Johns Hopkins University
Cordish Lacrosse Center
Baltimore, MD

Housing the Johns Hopkins University’s powerhouse men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, this 14,750 sf stand-alone Lacrosse Building is located on a prominent location at the east end of storied Homewood Field. The facility enables a dramatic entry onto the field by the Hopkins lacrosse tams and provide a spectacular viewing platform and game-day facilities for coaches and guests. An important recruiting tool, the Cordish Lacrosse Center integrates the rich history of the program with its architecture. Included in the program are lockers, training facilities, team meeting rooms, a reception space and coaches’ offices, as well as a gallery space celebrating the historic achievements of Hopkins’ Lacrosse.
Rendering © Jeffrey Sauers
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Northeastern University
Visitor Center
Boston, MA

This new Visitor Center serves as the “front door” to Northeastern University, a rapidly rising leader in both academics and research. A combination of innovative technology and flexible spaces make the new center an ideal platform for fully engaging the over 70,000 prospective students who visit the University annually. The Visitor Center defines a new paradigm for college admissions that moves well beyond traditional campus tours by providing an immersive, customized, interactive experience. The new “high-touch, high-tech” space captures the University’s experiential and innovative approach to education. Equipped with an 11’ high by 120’ long illuminated wall with several large interactive touch-screen displays, plus numerous iPad stations, the new Center provides a dynamic space bringing prospective students and their families together with current students, faculty, and staff.
Photography © Bruce Martin
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This new 500,000 g.s.f. residential complex provides 1,500 beds in seven new buildings for the Honors Program at UMASS Amherst. The project brings together all classes of students in a mix of unit types, including approximately 600 beds of singles and doubles, and 900 beds in suites and apartments. Seven new buildings are organized around intimately scaled courtyards. The buildings step down the hillside, creating the sense of an academic village for the Honors College, with a series of open outdoor quads for students to gather. The project is currently tracking LEED Silver certification.
2016 National American Institute of Architects Housing Award
Photography: © Robert Benson
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New Campus Center and Student Residence
Boston, MA

This LEED Gold certified project is the first major new building for Wheelock College in 40 years. Located along the Riverway, the project provides 108 new student beds, a 250-seat dining facility for the entire campus, and campus center common spaces. Green design features include: an accessible green roof; extensive daylighting and solar shading; large-volume heat recovery; extensive groundwater recharge to protect the nearly Muddy River from outflow; lightweight, high-recycled-content aluminum panel cladding; extensive water conservation; natural ventilation through operable windows; and innovative material recycling. Since its 2009 opening, this highly-sustainable project has inspired campus-wide initiatives in recycling and energy reduction. (26,000 s.f.)
Photography © Robert Benson
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Sophia Gordon Residence Hall
Medford/Somerville, MA

Tufts’ first “green” residence hall is LEED Gold certified. The project received a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, which provide electricity for the building & 30% of domestic hot water needs. The building’s comprehensive sustainability strategy includes water conservation, energy-efficient mechanical equipment & appliances, sustainable site & material selection, & an innovative green education program that allows users to observe real-time energy-use data through computer displays & extensive signage. (61,000 s.f.)
2008 Honor Award for Housing Design, Boston Society of Architects
2007 Honor Award, Boston Society of Architects
2007 Merit Award, New England Chapter, AIA
2007 Higher Education Facilities Design Award, Boston Society of Architects
2007 Citation for Sustainable Design, Boston Society of Architects
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Ashdown Graduate Residence Halls
Cambridge, MA

The first LEED Gold certified building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this 550-bed residence hall complex sets a new standard for sustainable design on campus while also providing for a long-lasting socially sustainable culture of education and communication. Developed on a brownfield site, the project incorporates significant energy savings, daylighting to 90% of spaces, stormwater runoff management, recycling on-site and low-flow water fixtures. Other features include low-VOC paints and adhesives, high-recycled-content carpets and linoleum, and high-efficiency lighting fixtures and heating boilers. The project also serves as an educational tool, with monitors throughout the building displaying real-time energy use, and as a benchmark for future campus buildings. Completed in 2008. (250,000 s.f.)
Photography © Robert Benson
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Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse
Cedar Rapids, IA

Sited on the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, IA, this new Federal District Court is part of the GSA Design Excellence program, continuing the GSA’s commitment to sustainable design for new federal buildings. Certified as LEED Gold, the project’s sustainable design strategies achieve 22.5% greater energy efficiency than the baseline standard. Sustainable features include: sustainable site design and grey water capturing for irrigation; 30% reduction in building water use; a high-performance exterior envelope; an efficient mechanical plant (employs a water side economizer, allowing the facility to operate with the chillers shut down in winter); sustainable materials (20% post-construction, post-industrial material and wood from sustainable forests); 95% of construction waste recycled; and an educational kiosk and outreach programs further integrate sustainability into the building’s civic mission. The project broke ground in Spring 2009. The Associate Architect is OPN Architects (300,000 g.s.f.)
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