Student Learning Commons at Springfield Technical Community College
Project name: Student Learning Commons at Springfield Technical Community College
Project overview: The transformation of a 19th-century military storehouse on a National Historic Site into a Student Learning Commons for Springfield Technical Community College combines preservation, adaptive reuse, and contemporary design. This one-stop hub campus expands access to student services and enhances student life at a minority-serving institution.
Project location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Firm name: Ann Beha Architects
Project type: Higher Education | Student Center
Project information: Adaptive reuse, Renovation/restoration
Jury comments: Perhaps initially best represented by the client’s ethos, the Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) combines historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and contemporary design in an innovative and admirable way. This project is an outstanding example of thoughtfulness and restraint for a national historic site that also needed to provide a welcoming and lively environment for enrollment, student services, and campus life. With so many of the building’s services available on the ground floor and the artful reuse of an existing structure, an affordable and flexible solution appears to have been found that will benefit STCC for many years to come.
BSA Impact: Equity | Environment | Advancing Architecture
Client: Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)
Images/Photographer(s): Chuck Choi; Peter Vanderwarker
Consultants: Altieri; Anna Farrington; ATC Group Services LLC (formerly Environmental Compliance Services); BVH Integrated Services; Consigli Construction; IBI Group (formerly CRJA); Jaffe Holden; Jensen Hughes; Kalin AssociatesNitsch Engineering; Preservation Technology Associates, LLC; Public Archaeology Laboratory; RSE Associates, Inc.; Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.; Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting; Structures North Consulting Engineers, Inc.; The Green Engineer, Inc.; Van Deusen & Associates; Vermeulens
AIA Framework for Design Excellence: Integration | Equitable Communities | Ecosystems | Water| Economy | Energy | Well-being | Resources | Change | Discovery