The Graduate Center is a four-story academic building on the college’s academic campus in Boston’s historic Fenway district. Its site position, determined as part of the campus master plan, strategically encloses the campus’ east side and defines one side of a future green space.
It provides a new home for several of Simmons’ graduate programs that previously were CAPACITY521COST PER SQ FT$234.77FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio throughout the campus. Program elements include offices and sophisticated classrooms for the Graduate School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences. Also included in the building are headquarters for academic technology, media, academic support counseling, career education and administrative technology.
One of the major challenges in this project was providing two and one-half levels of below-grade parking for 215 cars, because of this area’s poor soil conditions. An earth-support groundwater cut-off wall approach involving construction of a soil mix wall permitted the garage levels to be built economically while excluding groundwater.
The building’s exterior skin blends with the original college buildings, enhanced with features such as curved bays and cornice details that convey its 21st-century nature.