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01-29-2007, 05:40 PM
I'm not sure what's up with the conflicting renderings..
Rendering looking south
To further support the integration of undergraduate and graduate management programs, as well as interdisciplinary collaboration, the Simmons administration has approved plans for a new building to house the School of Management on the main campus. When completed, this project will expand underground parking, replace current above-ground parking with a grassy quad, and unify the main campus for the first time in Simmons's history.
The College is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the United States Green Building Council for this building. Currently, only 11 buildings in Massachusetts are LEED certified?only one of which is located in Boston. Only two other institutions of higher education in Massachusetts have LEED certified buildings.
* Numerous high-tech classrooms
* Additional administrative oaces
* Seminar and case rooms
* Other multi-use rooms
* More than 800 underground parking spaces
* Central grassy quad with paths to connect campus buildings
Also, a pdf pertaining to Cannon and Payton Construction: http://www.payton-construction.com/PDFs/PressSimmons.pdf
big site, this is looking north
their new library is the yellow brick/green glass structure to the right, completed last year
I knew Simmons just submitted a masterplan recently, but I had no idea they were already building.
You're on the ball, as always, kz1000ps. Thanks for posting these.
01-30-2007, 09:11 AM
I read/heard somewhere that this is a 5 up and 5 down structure with 5 stories of below grade parking topped by mixed use space to include class & Lab space.
The Library built by Lee Kennedy is a cool space I have been on a tour thru it right before final turnover. LEED Silver I think, but possibly Gold
05-03-2007, 02:09 AM
4/27.. not much going on visually, but it looks like the garage/substructure is all done
05-19-2007, 09:50 AM
06-03-2007, 12:28 PM
Steel has really sprouted up in the last month
(that's just the camera lens making the columns look all bendy)
07-22-2007, 08:49 AM
yesterday.. looking east
09-19-2007, 08:41 PM
01-22-2008, 08:32 PM
02-25-2008, 06:38 PM
looking north, this is where the central quad will eventually be
05-13-2008, 01:31 AM
05-13-2008, 08:59 AM
The exterior isn't too bad, but the windows throw it off for some reason. I can't really explain why, but the thing looks hideous from a distance, yet the "brickwork" is actually somewhat pleasing close up.
05-13-2008, 10:40 AM
KZ, you've done a great job with the pics. Thank you!
With that said, I actually like this..looks pretty original.
05-13-2008, 12:23 PM
Wow, that is ugly as hell.
05-14-2008, 09:56 AM
The construction materials do look to be of high quality, but the design execution seems to have spun out of control. There seems to be no unifying composition.
05-14-2008, 10:25 AM
I agree. The rounded rooftop enclosure doesn't relate to anything else, and I'm not a fan of the black glass/bright blue metal/buff brick. It's a putrid color combination.
05-14-2008, 02:24 PM
Why do the exterior mockups look nothing like the finished exterior?
05-14-2008, 02:48 PM
Boy oh boy did that look better in the renderings...
05-14-2008, 02:53 PM
Boy oh boy did that look better in the renderings...
To me, it looked like a cheap box in the rendering, and looks like a cheap box in real life.
05-14-2008, 04:07 PM
It was a better cheap box in the renderings
07-09-2008, 12:57 AM
The more beige stone they put on, the more WTFs go off in my head
funky colored insulation
And the addition to the campus cafeteria
11-02-2008, 09:23 AM
The cafe addition is done, and the courtyard is just about there
the cafe addition is quite handsome
11-02-2008, 10:18 AM
This is a winner. I didn't even see that addition in the first pic of the courtyard. Very nice.
They didn't skimp on the materials but I question the decision to trash the signature building's symmetry.
08-10-2009, 10:19 PM
08-11-2009, 07:14 AM
I think that turned out pretty well, wonder what the inside looks like. The color choice is rather 1950s-high-school though.
08-11-2009, 12:41 PM
The brick is the wrong shade and scale compared to the other buildings, the stone will look better with weathering, and the metal paneling/window mullions should have been copper or anodized green to match the existing buildings. The design is passable, the material palette really screwed up what could have been a harmonious composition.
08-11-2009, 01:55 PM
You are right but copper would have cost more. I'd forgive the architects if it was value engineered out but I don't think it was even in the original design.
08-11-2009, 03:23 PM
Those single windows with the blue above are beyond terrible. Definately the feel of a 1950's high school.Other than that, its aight.
10-29-2009, 01:23 AM
A solid 75% of what you see was built in this decade alone:
The addition in the first photo looks like it was built in 1963.
11-28-2011, 05:47 PM
11-28-2011, 06:33 PM
Not a fan of how the addition affected the building's symmetry, but I'm absolutely in love with how the architects revived the best of Modernism. They did a really amazing job.
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