Harvard Divinity School (HDS) is scheduled to commence a comprehensive renewal of Swartz Hall beginning June 2019 and concluding in January 2021. The key goals of the project are to create modernized and enhanced learning and student life spaces to meet contemporary educational needs, to address the building’s deferred maintenance requirements, and improve the building’s energy efficiency and sustainability. The overall renovation of Swartz Hall will renovate existing and add new classrooms, meeting rooms, and common spaces with food service; restore and upgrade the building envelope, achieve full compliance with current building, life safety, accessibility code requirements and upgrade the building’s energy efficiency and sustainability.
The renovation and expansion will replace the existing cloister link with a two-story addition containing a student common space on the ground level and a multi-purpose classroom and convening space at the first level to accomodate symposia and speakers. Additionally, the South Wing of Swartz Hall will have an internal reconfiguration, resulting in the loss of a mezzanine floor, and the gain of a new multi-faith worship space on the second floor, all within the existing building envelope. Finally, the installation of more effecient building systems allows some existing mechanical space to be repurposed for student services office space.