The architect was commissioned in October 2006 to design a new 136-bed residence hall on the Mount Ida College campus, the former estate of the Robert Gould Shaw family. Increased emphasis on residential life was identified in the master plan as a priority. The college’s goal is to house 70 percent of its students on campus in the next five years. Moving quickly toward ASSOCIATED FIRMCutler AssociatesCAPACITY136COST PER SQ FT$248.65FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio goal, the college opted for a fast-track, design-build delivery method.
The $9 million project includes an academic component, small study area, and apartments for a faculty resident and residence-hall assistants. Single and double rooms are broken down into clusters of 20 students housed in pods connected by a glass bridge that serves as common space. Sustainable-design strategies include daylighting and a high-performance envelope and system, as well as solar hot water. Brick and stucco are used in a sharp, clean way, yet still reflect materials used in the main estate building and elsewhere on campus.