Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus

Worcester, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Steffian Bradley Architects


    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • AREA

    61,000 sq.ft.





The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences created a satellite campus for its pharmacy doctorate program. The campus contains classrooms, auditoriums, library, study lounge, computer, teaching and research labs, cafe, academic and administrative offices, and support spaces for 400 students and 50 faculty and staff.

The campus is organized with teaching ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$197.00CITATIONCollegiate CitationFEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation on floors one through three and administrative/research functions on upper floors. The basement houses student-activity and support spaces. A double-height lobby and main stair connect the primary teaching areas.

The design is rooted in the juxtaposition and interplay of the 1898 structure and its 21st-century function. Inside, crisp finishes break away to reveal glimpses of the original structure. Strong color and material contrasts, and natural/artificial light sources reveal and define planes and junctures.

Challenges to the renovation included the addition of reinforced shotcrete seismic bracing to the masonry exterior bearing walls. Extensive coordination was required to insert modern HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire protection and data within existing floor heights.

“Wow! An incredible transformation. A well-executed jewel of a plan hidden inside the shell of a beautiful late-19th-century structure.” 2002 Jury