MIT – Simmons Hall
Construction of a new 350-bed, cast-in-place concrete residence facility at MIT’s Cambridge campus, designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Steven Holl.
|Client:||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Designer:||Steven Holl Architects|
- Perfcon concrete panels (high strength load-bearing precast panels in a waffle shape) poured onsite and installed to form the exterior walls of the building.
- 256 of the 290 Perfcon panels were unique configurations.
- Colors generated from the Perfon system engineering analysis are incorporated into the exterior window frames to reflect the differing loads.
- 5,998 two-foot square window openings within the exterior’s Perfcon precast panels.
- Each 20 foot span of precast had to maintain 1/16” tolerance for the windows.
- Five irregular vertical openings, as high as 40 feet, pass through the building, acting like lungs to provide fresh air throughout.
- To locate ceiling level studs for the “lung” spaces, points were laid out on the floor below, then plumbed up to the ceiling using vertal lasers.
- Unique tube and clamp staging system allowed the plasterers to create the irregular “lungs” shapes.
- Awards: ACEC Engineering Excellence Honor Award, AGC Build Massachusetts Award, Best of Boston New Building Award, Charles Harleston Parker Medal, Architecture Boston Annual Awards, AIA National Design Award
Tags: Academic, CM, Dormitory, Massachusetts, Preconstruction, Signature Project