The Wellesley Science Center renovation comprises several existing buildings of various vintages: the L-Wing, considered a fine example of Brutalist architecture built in 1977, the E-Wing, greenhouses, the Observatory, historic Sage Hall, and the soaring atrium known as The Focus. The renovation is the largest construction project undertaken at the college and reinforces Wellesley’s position as a leader in STEM education for women.
In collaboration with SOM, we are providing façade consulting services for the E- and L-Wing façades and building envelope and below-grade engineering services for Sage Hall.
- Both the E- and L-Wing façades are being replaced to remedy issues of condensation and water infiltration. The two wings will also receive new roofs as well as high-performing, glazed aluminum storefront systems and skylights.
- Sage Hall will be partially demolished and partially preserved and adaptively reused, specifically the 1920s portion of Sage’s wall that creates the perimeter of The Focus. A new building will take the place of the demolished portion of Sage and connect to the L- and E-Wings and The Focus.
- The completed Science Center will be a collection of buildings clad with a zinc metal panel rainscreen and large format windows. The architectural design intent is expressed with glulam curtain walls at the entrances and stairs. A custom frit pattern on the glazing optimizes the interior light condition as well as mitigates the chance of bird collision on the glazing.