November, 2010

Walsh Brothers Celebrates Opening of MSCBA MASS College of Art’s New Kennedy Campus Center

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Ken White

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Boston, MA 02109
617-878-4800
kwhite@walshbrothers.com

Walsh Brothers, Incorporated, a Boston-based construction management firm, in conjunction with longtime design partner Miller Dyer Spears,  as well as the Massachusetts College Building Authority (MSCBA) , Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) faculty, alumni, and current students recently celebrated the successful renovation of MassArt’s new Kennedy Campus Center. The new student center provides an array of expanded services for the increased volume of on-campus MassArt students.

The complex construction renovation and expansion project on Huntington Avenue represents a material step by the MSCBA in the college’s $140 million plan to redefine MassArt’s urban campus. The redesigned and modernized building includes offices for student services, 100 new seats in the dining commons, student galleries, an art supply and bookstore, a Peet’s Coffee & Tea and centralized student services. This project was the result of a successful collaboration between the MSCBA, MA College of Art, Miller Dyer Spears, Walsh Brothers, Incorporated, and MassArt’s collegiate neighbor, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy which aided in funding this project.

With a rich history in dense urban construction Walsh Brothers, Incorporated was a natural selection to manage the renovation of 3 floors of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the construction of a two-story building addition called the Kennedy Campus Center.  The new all glass two-story addition spills prominently onto Longwood Avenue, effectively redefining MassArt’s visual presence within the bustling LMA.  The execution of a detailed logistics plan allowed for the seamless relocation of the college’s bookstore from first floor to the basement. The relocation was necessitated by a 1,500 square-foot expansion of the servery and dining area and the addition of an art store and coffee shop and was completed while the surrounding areas were occupied. The second floor addition serves as home to the College President, Dean of Students, student counseling, and other administrative offices.  Constructed on a zero lot line site in the busy Longwood Medical Area and abutting a busy MBTA station, the project presented a host of complex logistical challenges. Phasing and active communication were critical components of the successful addition, which was completed ahead of schedule, with minimal disruption to ongoing operations, and with zero safety incidents.

Walsh Brothers, Incorporated a 1901 Boston-based construction management firm has had the pleasure with working with many of greater Boston’s finest higher education institutions. To find out more about our portfolio and culture please visit us as www.walshbrothers.com.