The project adjacent to the Science and Engineering Complex at 114 Western Avenue is a complete renovation of the facility and change of use from a commercial building to an institutional use for the University. The existing building was built in 2 phases in 1983/1989. Originally part of the WGBH campus, the renovated facility will provide administrative offices for the John A. Paulson School of Engineering as well as their associated Facilities and Maintenance departments. There will be (2) large, flexible classrooms in the building as well as the University’s first new child care center in decades. The new playground associated with the child care center will be to the west of the building in the open plaza and there will be a Mitch Ryerson - designed play structure. The project starts in October 2018 and will be substantially complete in September 2019.
The renovation will address not only the change in use, but also bring the building up to current Building Code, Energy, Accessibility, Structural/Seismic and Life Safety standards. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems will be replaced, as well as the existing skylight and windows.
Harvard is committed to enhancing the health, productivity, and quality of life of our students, faculty, and staff by making smart, informed decisions about the design and maintenance of our built environment. The Healthier Building Materials Academy (HBMA) sets a new standard for the University by eliminating chemicals of concern. This project will be setting a new standard the HBMA to include 16 material categories and all the playground materials.
Project Management: Harvard CS- Capital Projects
Architect: Baker Design Group, Inc.
Engineers: RG Vanderweil Engineer, LLP
Civil: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Structural: Odeh Engineers, Inc.
Construction: Lee Kennedy Company, Inc.