Bentley College, Smith Academic Technology Center

Waltham, Massachusetts

To satisfy Bentley College’s growing needs for technologically sophisticated, interactive classrooms to support its business curriculum, the architect was commissioned to design a new building on a challenging hillside site. The building steps down the steep incline in several levels, linked together by a broad, multilevel, glazed Main Street. The massing of the complex ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress a response to the formal academic campus courtyard at the top of the hill, with the relatively informal massing of the residential campus below.

A key feature of the building is a two-story financial-trading room seating 54, where students learn how financial transactions work and model them in real time. The 35 classrooms, ranging in capacity from 20 to 45 seats in flat and tiered configurations, are fully equipped with multimedia technologies. The entire complex is networked for voice and data communication.

As part of the project, a parking lot was replaced with a new, one-acre residential quad that serves students in the nearby residence halls.

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