Design for Cambridge College’s campus relocation underway
The decision to relocate Cambridge College to the historic Hood Park in Charlestown is a major milestone in the growth of the College, and an excellent opportunity to bring the College together to one campus, transform its culture, and advance its academic and social missions.
The program for the 100,000 SF renovation includes 45 classrooms ranging from 10 to 35 students, 2 teaching labs, computer labs, offices and a multi-purpose ‘Town Common’ that will function as the heart of the College.
One of the main goals for the new space is to create a home for the College that is professional and celebrates the diversity of their student body and shows they are one College made up of different schools. There is also a strong desire for a sense of arrival to the campus.
Other important goals for the new space are to include non-classroom collaborative spaces that will foster independent student and faculty learning, to encourage the use of technology in and out of the classroom and to balance the on-campus experience with online learning.
Through our workshops with Cambridge College we have identified the following design challenges and opportunities:
- Creating a home and identity for Cambridge College within the larger complex of Hood Park
- Bringing daylight into the core of the deep floor plate
- Balancing transparency and privacy
- Creating an ‘Academic Realm’ where all schools (faculty and staff) exist in the same space to foster collaboration and exploration of new pedagogies while providing spaces where more sensitive conversations can happen
- Finding the right balance of spaces that accommodate the teaching needs of today with the vision for the future of Cambridge College
Stay tuned while this exciting project unfolds…