Smith College – Campus Center

Construction of a new Campus Center at the heart of Smith College in Northampton, MA to provide students, faculty, and staff with a dynamic home for social interaction.

Client:   Smith College
Designer:  Weiss/Manfredi Architects
Size:  55,000 SF

Project Features

  • Construction surrounded the long, curved, sky lit gallery at the core of the design.
  • Cable-stayed skylight is a stainless steel rod-support truss glass system atop the two-story-high atrium.
  • Skylight curves in two directions, expanding in width from 12 to 37 feet.
  • High ceilings and curve of the building complicated MEP installations.
  • Scaffolding installed at the height of the atrium.
  • Tunnel added to accommodate ductwork pipes and electrical conduits.
  • Tight ceiling space required 50 beam penetrations through structural beams.
  • Copper roof edges and valleys.
  • Lounges, exhibition areas, art studios, performance spaces, dining facilities and shops.
  • Outdoor terraces to connect the surrounding landscape.
  • Sheet piles and steel beams installed to protect an abandoned steam tunnel discovered during excavation.
  • Awards: AIA Excellence in Design Award, Build New England Award

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