Smith College-Clark Science Center, Northampton, MA

The opening of Ford Hall, the new science & engineering building, enabled Smith to evaluate the re-use of the existing Clark Science Center. The 162,000 sf complex contains Burton Hall built in 1914, and Sabin-Reed built in 1967. With many departments vacating the complex, this opportunity allowed for much needed infrastructure upgrades, and a re-allocation of vacated areas for new program use by the remaining science departments.

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The project began with a Feasibility Study/Master Plan with the goal of identifying opportunities to increase operational efficiency and long-term use.  It further endeavored to strike a balance between program uses, and architectural and MEP/FP upgrades within budgetary constraints. The recommendations would ultimately create a state-of-the art science center which reflects Smith’s academic excellence.

The phased renovation of these buildings extended over a period of two years. Work was fully implemented while simultaneously maintaining the on-going academic teaching functions. All Departments - astronomy, biology, geology, math, physics, psychology, neuroscience engineering, environmental science, shared functions, classrooms and offices – were re-programmed for purposeful academic collaboration.

Architectural upgrades include: design of an ADA accessible entrance, new lighting, floors and ceilings in the public corridors, classrooms and shared spaces, stairwell redesign including code compliant railings, fully renovated restrooms, and improved signage and wayfinding. Burton Hall received a full slate roof replacement, brick cleaning, and historically appropriate windows. Sabin-Reed received a new a new membrane roof.  Engineering upgrades include: elevator renovations and upgrades, data infrastructure, new sprinkler and fire protection system, a new emergency generator, electric switch gear upgrades, HVAC upgrades and a central energy management system.

Awards:

CMMA, Construction Management Association of America, Building Project of the Year Award for Renovations Under $20 million
Northampton Historical Commission Award of Merit
IFMA, International Facilities Management Association, Award of Excellence for the Best Large Project

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