Harvard Divinity School, Swartz Hall

Swartz 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. In the first project following the master plan, ABA renovated classrooms in Swartz Hall, introducing new technology and flexible furnishings to accommodate traditional and emerging teaching methodologies.

The current phase of renovations relocates Student Services to Swartz Hall and replaces an existing building addition known as the Cloister Link with an approximately 10,000-square-foot addition. At the ground level, visitors will find a welcoming café; the upper level holds a 200-seat multipurpose event room, providing a large convening space for HDS and the University.

The Old Stack Wing, containing five levels of book shelving, has been redesigned to create classrooms, workplace, and a new multi-faith worship and prayer space reflecting the multiple faith traditions at HDS.

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Size: Approx. 59,000 sf

Sustainability: This first phase of this project received LEED Gold. Continuing its planning, 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.

Project Team: Philip Chen AIA, Ann Beha FAIA, Ed Rice AIA, Ji-Hye Ham, Amit Oza (ABA); Structures North Consulting Engineers (Structural); Altieri (MEP); Stephen Stimson Associates (Landscape); Haley Aldrich, Inc. (Geotechnical); Nitsch Engineering (Civil); Green International Affiliates, Inc. (Site Survey); Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (Envelope); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Shawmut Design and Construction / Daedalus Projects, Inc. (Cost / CM); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); Code Red Consultants (Code); RICCA Design Studios (Food Service); Atelier Ten (Sustainability); Syska Hennessy Group (Elevator); Campbell McCabe (Hardware); Feldman Land Surveyors (Laser Scanning); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)