Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Located on Babson College’s main drive and home to its graduate school of business, the building enhances the neo-Georgian campus with its use of red brick and white trim, in combination with a glass and metal central core zone containing a four-story, skylit crossroads. The design takes advantage of the sloped site with a partially below-grade level, which opens to a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$164.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio1998 Educational Interiors courtyard surrounded by trees.

Four brick-clad wings are connected to the central core. This crossroads serves as a central meeting place and orientation area for students and faculty. The ground floor contains major assembly spaces, including a 206-seat lecture hall, a sub-divisible multipurpose room, and a cafe, as well as a receiving area and mechanical spaces.

The first floor, which serves as the main entrance from the internal campus drive, houses interactive classrooms, group study rooms, and administrative offices. The second floor is the official home base of first-year students, and includes additional interactive classrooms, team rooms and offices. The third floor, which is set back from the lower floors to reduce the building’s mass visually, provides administrative space including admissions, dean and faculty offices.

Photographer: ©Richard Mandelkorn and ©Peter Vanderwarker