Tufts University, Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building

Grafton, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Spagnolo/Gisness & Associates


    Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

  • AREA

    12,000 sq.ft.





The Wildlife Medicine Building, designed for Tufts University in Grafton, Mass., is a one-story, 12,000-square-foot building situated in a beautiful, rolling open field, surrounded by wetlands and woods. The single-story wood frame structure respects the site’s natural conditions while offering convenience and accessibility for the staff. Exposed wood trusses enhance ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$158.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized structure, creating a “lodge-like” feel.

The clinic is composed of two wings linked with a central core that encompasses the reception and waiting areas. Overlooking the natural wetlands is a lecture hall with access to an outdoor patio that encourages animal observation, public education and involvement with the program.

One of the most distinctive features of the wildlife center is housed in the clinic wing. Three separate wards extend care to aquatic, carnivore and environmental species in their natural environment. A fourth ward includes a surgical suite and rehabilitation area where a small indoor pool is stocked with fish for waterfowl to feed themselves during convalescence.

An office wing contains teacher offices, a library/conference center and conference room.