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Wentworth Institute of Technology New Academic Building for Engineering Innovation and Sciences

Gilbane partners with Wentworth to foster student inclusion during construction of the Multipurpose Academic Building through the Experiential Learning Program to create learning opportunities and promote a “living classroom” approach.

New Facility will focus on engineering, innovation and the sciences

Gilbane is providing construction management at-risk services for the construction of the four-story, 78,000 SF New Academic Building. The .8-acre site is located at the center of the active urban campus, nestled in between Watson Hall and the Nelson Recreation Center in Boston.

As the first new academic facility on the Wentworth campus in over 40 years, the new facility will support growth and facilitate a collaborative approach to learning in a multi-disciplined academic environment. The facility is designed to meet the “next evolution” of higher education and includes four levels of academic space, as well as shared gallery and presentation space, a lecture hall, manufacturing laboratories, classrooms and offices. The facility will feature state-of-the-art equipment, technical labs and maker space with an open layout for learning and collaborative spaces. The first floor will consist of a lobby, as well as gathering and presentation spaces.

To foster collaboration, the design incorporates significant daylighting into the main areas and laboratories through the use of large windows and encouraging interactivity between the lab spaces and the streetscape. The building’s compelling façade features large scale glass and aluminum curtainwall system with zinc panels. As no new parking is included, the facility will encourage alternative transportation with a 100-space covered bike parking structure.

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Client Value

The Gilbane team has been involved with several student inclusion initiatives during the project in an effort to encourage and expand upon the school’s Experiential Learning Program. As part of our collaborative efforts, the team has promoted a living classroom approach throughout preconstruction and construction. This initiative has involved guided site tours for students and staff, as well as other on- campus groups including the Wentworth Institute of Technology Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Council (WIT CEPAC). Additionally, the Gilbane team has collaborated with the school to host a lecture series, serve as guest lecturers in various classes and maintain a real-time information link on the WIT website featuring information regarding the project’s progress including a live WEBCAM to watch construction in progress.

The team’s lecture series has covered several topics including foundation design and governmental soil management, Lean construction techniques and our Advanced Planning & Scheduling (AP&S) approach. Lecture leaders have included key individuals form Wentworth Institute of Technology and Gilbane Building Company, as well as other key firms involved with the project.