College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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education design showcase • colleges & universities HONOR ABLE M E N TION o u ts ta n d i n g d es i g n + a rc h i t e c t u r e i n ed u c at i o n WENTWOrTH INSTITUTE Of TECHNOLOGY cEntEr For SciEncES and BiomEdical EnginEEring T he center for science and biomedical engineering breathes new life into an old soul at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT). WIT's goals were to expand the academic program through capacity, integrating current pedagogy, creating a departmental home and maximizing the budget. Their vision was that by investing in properties across Parker Street, the annexed campus would become part of the whole. The building's unique feature is the Forum, a multistory space that spans the distance between heritage and new construction. The Forum spans this distance in many ways. The existing building had a raised entry that had no previous on-grade condition. The elevator was accessed through an obscure door on the rear, but today the building is fully accessible and welcoming to all. The educational needs were met through the design. For an institution that had not opened a new academic building in nearly 50 years, the pedagogy had been paralyzed in outdated spaces that did not blend teaching and practice. However, given the opportunity to rethink the future of the academic program, the faculty became engaged in developing the program. The result is an intensive, forward-looking building that refects the desires of the faculty and the needs of today's students. EDS 13 ArCHITECT perkins+will ANDREW GROTE 617.478.0300 prOjECT INfOrMATION CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR COMPLETION DATE David A. Wahlstrom Aug. 2012 GROSS AREA PER STUDENT SITE SIzE 40,000 sq. ft. 167 sq. ft. 0.5 acres CURRENT ENROLLMENT 3,636 students CAPACITY 240 students COST PER STUDENT COST PER Sq. FT. TOTAL COST $78,958 $474 $18,950,000 WWW.EDUCATIONDESIGNSHOWCASE.COm E21

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