NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY, STUDENT LIFE AND PERFORMANCE CENTER MUSIC LIBRARY

Boston, Massachusetts

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY, STUDENT LIFE AND PERFORMANCE CENTER MUSIC LIBRARY

NEC’s music collection is one of the largest and most important in the United States. Before this project, the collection was stored in two locations: the Idabelle Firestone Audio Library in the basement of Jordan Hall and the Harriet M. Spaulding Library at 33 Gainsborough Street. The design of the new Student Life and Performance Center recognizes that libraries are among the fastest changing program elements on any academic campus, with emerging technology providing new options for collections and programming. The open structural design of the two floors of the library ensures flexibility in layout as needs change. The reading room and open circulating stacks are located on the third floor, as are Special Collections, group study rooms, and staff areas. A fully equipped seminar room and computer instruction room are available to all students and faculty. A dedicated, open stair connects this level to the library entrance, refence, and study areas on the floor below.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Project Size: 18,000 sf

Sustainability: Certified LEED Gold. Sustainable features include water-efficient landscaping with drought-resistant plants; high-efficiency, low-flow fixtures to reduce water use; a high-performance building envelope with premium insulated glazed units; and external shading devices. Construction processes targeted 95% efficiency for construction waste management and a high level of recycled content in building materials. Specifications targeted regional suppliers and manufacturers. The building is sited proximate to public transportation.

Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Thomas Hotaling AIA (ABA); Gensler (Associate Architect); LeMessurier Consultants (Structural); Altieri (MEP, FP); Kirkegaard (Acoustics / AV); R. W. Sullivan Engineering (Code); Carol R. Johnson Associates (Landscape); Fisher Dachs Associates (Theater Designer); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (Envelope); Nitsch Engineering (Civil); Ricca Newmark Design (Food Service); Syska Hennessy Group (Elevator); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)