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Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Center for Design + Media

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Center for Design + Media

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Boston, MA
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Ennead Architects

In addition to providing much needed academic program space for the Design and Media disciplines, the Center for Design + Media serve as the new entrance to MassArt’s collection of academic buildings. The project captures underutilized space with the existing Gymnasium to create flexible and collaborative learning spaces, and improve the accessibility of the campus. The project includes a large Exhibit Hall atrium space, art classrooms, media rooms, crit rooms, collaborative and lighting studios, and a large woodshop with dust collection system. Building HVAC is sourced from two evaporative cooled rooftop units feeding down into the space. The atrium’s smoke exhaust system was carefully designed to minimize infrastructure costs. Sophisticated lighting and lighting controls were required to serve the building’s program. A DCAM project, the building was designed to comply with Mass LEED© Plus Standards, with 20% energy savings against the Appendix G baseline, and to be LEED© Silver certified.