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 provided 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 were replaced to remedy issues of condensation and water infiltration. The two wings received new roofs as well as high-performing, glazed aluminum storefront systems and skylights.
- Sage Hall was 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 was erected in place of the demolished portion of Sage and connects to the L- and E-Wings and The Focus.
- The completed Science Center is 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.