Andover Hall is the center of academic, administrative and student life at the Harvard Divinity School. The historic building houses classrooms, a lecture hall, a multi-faith chapel, and faculty and staff offices. ABA completed a Master Plan that assessed the existing conditions, established a preservation approach, studied program needs, and developed a phased plan for renovation and expansion. As the first project following the Master Plan, ABA renovated classrooms in Andover Hall, introducing new technology and flexible furnishings to accommodate traditional and emerging teaching methodologies. This project has received LEED Gold.
Continuing its planning for Andover Hall, ABA completed a study to achieve Net Zero Energy status for the building, dramatically reducing the energy consumption of the renovation and expansion design and exceeding consumption with on-site energy production.
The Brooks School’s new 48,000 sf Center for the Arts houses all the Visual and Performing Arts programs for the residential campus. The east wing has a double-height entrance and connects to the 380 seat proscenium and 70 seat black box theaters. The two theaters share scene shop, green room, costume shops, and changing rooms. The west wing is accessed from “Main Street” and includes state-of-the-art music classrooms and a flexible digital recording studio. The 2D and 3D arts studios feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls, providing abundant daylight. Connecting all of the spaces is a 17’ wide two-story “Arts Street”, which can accommodate group pinups and impromptu performances. The design maintains the scale of neighboring buildings and allows each department to be both independent and connected. With the adjacent Student Center and Danforth Gym, the new Center creates an outdoor courtyard and lawn for gatherings, art studio projects, and events.
North Andover, Massachusetts
ABA is designing Yale’s new Center for the Humanities, centralizing numerous academic departments in one historic location and offering greater opportunities for collaborative facilities. The existing 195,000 gsf Collegiate Gothic complex is organized around two landscaped courtyards, and currently includes housing, faculty offices, classrooms, and seminar rooms. ABA’s design reconsiders entry, orientation and wayfinding systems; classrooms and program areas; faculty offices; and administrative services. A new 13,000-sf space for a 280-seat Lecture Hall and 100-seat Film Screening Room is sited below the redesigned courtyard. The project renews and reconfigures teaching and social settings; repurposes historic interiors; and reconsiders former residential spaces as clusters for faculty offices, collaborative workplace, and study.
New Haven, Connecticut
ABA is leading a planning and design study for Arlington’s Town Libraries. The Robbins Library, constructed in 1892 and part of the Town’s central historic district, will be revitalized with a new Teen area, spaces for technology and collaboration, improved amenities, and additional group study space. The proposed addition includes a dedicated storytime space and an additional reading area oriented toward the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden, designed by Olmstead in 1911.
In East Arlington, the neighborhood-friendly Fox Branch responds to Arlington’s dynamic population growth and development with a new single-story library. The relocated entrance allows for the collections, programs, and multiple community rooms to become accessible to all.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) was founded in 1965 and is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. The Museum’s 18 acre waterfront campus has 35 buildings clustered around a series of open spaces that together create a unique venue for exhibition, education, and events.
ABA completed a Master Plan for the campus in 2017, addressing site infrastructure improvements, renovations of existing facilities, design of new facilities to support expanding mission, expanding curatorial needs, and anticipated growth in visitation, programming, and facilities. In the Master Plan, ABA proposed the demolition of four buildings, relocation of two historic buildings, and the construction of six new buildings to accommodate a new Welcome Center, Education Center, and Exhibition and Library building. ABA is currently designing the Museum’s new Welcome Center.
St. Michaels, Maryland