Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Simons Building for Mathematics

ABA’s renovation of and addition to Building 2 is the first major renewal and expansion within MIT’s 1.1M-square-foot Beaux-Arts “Main Group” building complex, completed in 1916. Fronting the Charles River with views of the Boston skyline, the 93,000-square-foot Simons Building houses the Department of Mathematics. Guiding ABA’s design was the goal of balancing heritage and preservation with contemporary and changing needs. The historic limestone façade was restored, and new, thermally improved steel windows that replicate the originals were installed. New systems, acoustic improvements, and code and accessibility upgrades enhance the day-to-day experience of the building for the 675-person mathematics community of faculty, students, and staff. New gathering and collaborative spaces, office renovations, new furnishings, and a 13,500-square-foot rooftop addition merge contemporary expression with historic character, providing the Department of Mathematics with a fresh identity that fits respectfully within the Main Group.

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Size: 99,300 sf

Sustainability: This project is targeting LEED Silver certification, with passive and active chilled beams, daylight-responsive lighting with 80% LED lamping, thermally improved windows, locally produced furniture, extensive FSC-certified wood, linseed-based flooring, and recycled gypsum.

Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Thomas Hotaling AIA, Ed Rice AIA, Ric Panciera AIA, Stacey Chapman AIA, Doug Jack AIA, Stephanie Squibb (ABA); Wessling Architects, Speweik Masonry Consulting, SGH (Envelope); Nitsch Engineering (Civil); Robert Silman Associates (Structural); WSP Group (MEP / FP / Tel / Data); Acentech (Acoustics); RDK (AV); Wil-Spec (Specifications); HLB Lighting Design (Lighting); The Green Engineer (Sustainability); Hughes Associates (Code); A. M. Fogarty (Cost); Campbell-McCabe (Hardware); BOND Brothers (Construction Management)