North Shore Community College, Campus Academic Building

Danvers, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    DiMella Shaffer Associates


    Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management

  • AREA

    106,000 sq.ft.





The new academic building for North Shore Community College provides an inviting environment for this Massachusetts institution. The 106,000 square feet of new construction houses a cafeteria, learning resource center, teaching facilities and administration offices. The building creates a sequence of diverse public spaces to encourage social interaction within the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$192.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas community.

The campus has been transformed by this building, which has a geometric shape that provides a welcoming gesture to students, faculty and visitors. The attractive glass and masonry building answers the needs of this vibrant, rapidly growing campus, providing an expanded learning resource center, dining services, classrooms, computer labs, testing and tutoring centers, a student support center, administrative offices and several informal gathering spaces.

To encourage interaction among students and faculty, a central glass-enclosed stair connects all three floors of the building. Two-story informal gathering spaces along the corridors bring natural light into the building, encourage views to the natural wooded landscape and highlight the interior activity from outside.