Wellesley College, Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall

As the main venue for ceremonial events and the performing arts, Alumnae Hall plays a central role on Wellesley’s campus. ABA revitalized the historic building, adapting it for 21st-century academic and theater use. As the college’s first building to receive LEED Gold, this award-winning project introduces contemporary design in balance with historic preservation. The exterior was fully restored, and a new glass-enclosed portico extends gathering spaces and the lobby to the exterior. The renovated and restored 1,000-seat auditorium now serves a broad range of performances, and a former ballroom has been converted to a flexible rehearsal space.

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Size: 46,500 sf

Sustainability: Certified LEED Gold

Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Scott Aquilina AIA, Robert Genova AIA, Janelle Kelpe (ABA); Gibble Norden Champion Brown Consulting (Structural); Exergen Corporation (Mechanical); R. W. Sullivan Engineering (Plumbing / Electrical / FP); Vanasse Hangene Brustlin, Inc. (Civil / Landscape); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Kirkegaard (Acoustics / AV); The Sullivan Code Group (Code / FP); Campbell-McCabe (Hardware); Wojciechowski Art + Design (Graphics); Lerch Bates Elevator Consultants (Elevator); Dr. Judith Selwyn, Consulting Scientist (Envelope); Fisher Dachs Associates (Theater Technology); Lee Kennedy Co Inc (Construction Management)