Springfield Technical Community College Ira Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons

Springfield, Massachusetts


Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) was founded in 1967 and is located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts and with an annual enrollment of more than 6,800 students, STCC offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state.

ABA conducted a feasibility study investigate STCC’s capital project needs, provide alternatives, and recommend a solution to space and programming shortages. The study was prepared for STCC and the Office of Planning, Design, and Construction of the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law.

At the time of the study, STCC was housed in 16 buildings. Building 19, a former armory storehouse classified by the National Park Service as a building of Architectural Interest and as a Contributing Structure within the historic site, stood at the geographic center of the campus. As the study developed, Building 19 played an integral role in the consolidation of the master plan. ABA designed and implemented a transformative renovation of the building, under close review of federal, state, and historic preservation agencies. The aged storehouse now serves as an accessible and inviting Student Learning Commons.

ABA’s final report provided a clear and detailed framework for the design and construction process and recommended a solution that conformed to the established project budget. It included a space program reflecting STCC’s space needs, a defined scope of construction, a detailed construction estimate, and an implementation schedule.

Location: Springfield, Massachusetts

Project Team: Philip Chen FAIA, Scott Aquilina AIA, Stephen Walnut AIA, Jacqueline Mossman AIA (ABA); RSE Associates (Structural / Geotechnical); Altieri (MEP / FP); Carol R. Johnson Landscape Arch. (Landscape); Jensen Hughes (Code); Vermeulens (Cost); Nitsch Engineering (Civil); Kalin Associates (Specifications)