Shriver Job Corps Center

Devens, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Miller Dyer Spears


    United States Department of Labor

  • AREA

    153,000 sq.ft.





The Job Corps teaches educational and vocational skills to disadvantaged young men and women. Students from varied social and economic backgrounds live and study together to learn job and life skills.

Sargent Shriver Center is designed to give students the sense of living and working within a real community. The new eight-building academic/residential complex houses ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$137.50FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized program for 350 students on 21 acres of the recently decommissioned Fort Devens army base. Buildings include classrooms and vocational facilities, two residence halls, student center, dining hall, health center, administration building and central storage/maintenance facility.

The campus recalls an informal New England village. The main quadrangle—defined by administration, academic, dining and recreation buildings—is the heart of the community. Secondary outdoor spaces frame the noisy vocational-education facility and quiet residential area. The exterior design is rooted in traditional New England architecture.

"A genuine sense of campus...architectural design very thoughtful. A durable, well-designed community that is user-friendly."—2000 Architectural Portfolio jury

Photographer: ©Steve Rosenthal