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Student Life and Performance Center / Academic Center, New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, MA United States

Ann Beha Architects


Project Description

The New England Conservatory of Music plans to construct two new buildings on their Boston Campus, both designed by Ann Beha Architects with Gensler Boston as Associate Architect. The projects are planned to break ground in 2013, and are in the final stages of City and community approvals. These buildings will be the Conservatory’s first new construction in over 60 years.

The design proposes a major transformation of the urban campus, removing two existing structures and installing extensive new streetscape and landscaping. A dynamic new image for the Conservatory will be seen on Huntington Avenue and on the famous southern edge, St Botolph street. Phase One is a new $60M Student Life and Performance Center accommodating student residences, dining commons, the Conservatory’s superb library and archival collections, practice and performance facilities, and an opera workshop. Phase Two will provide additional student and faculty resources, offices, practice rooms, and a black box theater designed for ensembles and for the Conservatory’s Opera Program. Together, these buildings will create a vibrant new setting for academic and community life, invigorating the Conservatory’s urban presence and cultural impact.


Project Details

Student Life and Performance Center / Academic Center, New England Conservatory of Music
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    Ann M. Beha FAIA, Principal; Thomas M. Hotaling AIA, LEED AP, Principal; Steven G. Gerrard AIA, Senior Associate; Chin Chin Yao, Designer
  • Associate Architect: Gensler 
  • Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber 
  • Electrical Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber 
  • Landscape Architect: Carl R. Johnson Associates 
  • Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering 
  • Acoustician: Kirkegaard Associates 
  • Theatre Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates 
  • Student Housing Consultant: Brailsford and Dunlavey 
  • Food Service: Ricca Newmark Design 
  • Code Consultant: R.W. Sullivan Engineering 
  • Lighting Designer: Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting 
  • Pre-Construction Advisor: Tishman Construction Corp. 
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