College Planning & Management

DEC 2012

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DOING MORE WITH LESS classrooms both for astronomy and the geosciences program enhances the building's value to Wellesley and extends its useful life," French remarks. "This programmatic pairing is particularly advantageous, since geosciences needed better access to the arboretum than is available from the science center, and they use the classrooms and labs primarily during the day, where astronomy needs them at night." By staggering their use of the building's resources, astronomy and geosciences comfortably occupy just 10,500 sq. ft. Cohabitating also enables both programs to benefit from astronomy's most recent hire, a planetary astronomer who specializes in the geology of rocky planets. Out of sheer necessity, Berklee's new building was always conceived as mixeduse, since multiple departments of the Professional Education Division needed EACH BUILDING PRESENTS A UNIQUE SET OF OPPORTUNITIES AND LIABILITIES. THE SOLUTION WILL BE ORIGINAL EACH TIME; THE CONSTANTS IN ANY SUCCESSFUL PROJECT ARE ROBUST RELATIONSHIPS AND A COMMON GOAL. a permanent home. However, it was not clear how these diverse programs would harmoniously co-exist in just 20,000 sq. ft., since the program also called for the inclusion of eight classrooms and offices for a host of student services and studentrun organizations. Although the College's original plan called for locating the PA R T I T I O N S For simple, effective space solutions, Hufcor is in a class all its own. Hufcor's complete line of operable partitions, folding doors and SMARTITION™ rotating walls can meet the requirements of any facility that needs acoustical separation and flexible space division. When you need innovative ways to put your school's space to work..... choose Hufcor. WORLD LEADER IN FLEXIBLE SPACE MANAGEMENT O P E R A B L E | V E RT I C A L L I F T | G L A S S WA L L | AC C O R D I O N PA RT I T I O N S 800-542-2371 ext. 214 | www.hufcor.com 22 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / DECEMBER 2012 student organizations on the same level as their departmental sponsor, designLAB architects convinced Berklee to pull these groups out and locate them on the first floor along a "main street" adjacent to the café. This arrangement forges new connections between organizations and their members, and it inspires curious students to learn more. "The building's mixed-use design has made it a hub of activity on campus," notes Darla Hanley, dean of the Professional Education Division. "Students have many reasons to visit the building in addition to taking classes, whether to study in the park, meet a professor in the café, work with a tutor, or attend an evening lecture or event. It's a beautiful addition to our campus with its amenities and central location." The Core Value: Collaboration Underpinning all of these principles is the core value of collaboration. All capital improvement projects involve balancing competing priorities and frequently require sacrifice. An energetic partnership between the client, architect, owner's rep, and contractor ensures that all design considerations are evaluated thoroughly according to how well they serve the institution's immediate and long-term goals. Each building presents a unique set of opportunities and liabilities, and every college and university has distinct values to uphold, philosophy to practice, and programs to support. The solution will be original each time; the constants in any successful project are robust relationships and a common goal. To read more about how the Wellesley College and Berklee College of Music projects reframed obstacles as opportunities, visit the CP&M article archive link www.peterli.com/cpm/archive.php?article_ id=3823. CPM Robert Miklos, FAIA, is the founder of designLAB architects (www.designlabarch. com), based in Boston. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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