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  Page 62 - Assumption College Residence HallsAssumption College Residence Halls
Cutler Associates, Inc. 
43 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Worcester, Massachusetts
Total Square Feet: 60,000
Construction Period: Mar 2000 to Aug 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: Culter Associates, Inc. - 43 Harvard St., Worcester, MA 01609
Structural Engineer: Kimball Chase Co. - Pease International Tradeport, 29 New Hampshire Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Electrical Engineer: E.M. Sullivan Co. Inc. - 4 Weston St., Wilbraham, MA 01095
Mechanical Engineer: JSE Engineering Inc. - 4 Faith Ave., Auburn, MA 01501
Cost Estimator: Culter Associates, Inc. - 43 Harvard St., Worcester, MA 01609

When Assumption College decided to increase its enrollment by 300 students, its residence life department was suddenly faced with a shortage of on-campus housing. The decision was handed down in October 1999 that two hundred beds were needed by August of the next year.

To meet the aggressive schedule while maintaining high standards for design and construction quality, the college selected a full-service architecture and construction firm. Working closely with a single-source firm, Assumption met the demand on time with two apartment-style residence halls designed to accommodate 204 upper classmen plus resident directors.

Assumption College sits on a lush, wooded piece of property tucked into a residential section of Worcester, Mass. The three-story residence halls are nestled into a tree-covered hill with protected wetlands to one side. In designing the buildings, the architects sought to capitalize on the spectacular views wherever possible. Playing off the Victorian-style architecture of neighboring homes, they incorporated large bay windows in the living rooms and oversized bedroom windows. A glass curtainwall in the center of each building facade brings natural light and panoramic views to the common areas. Stone, brick and vinyl on the exterior provide depth, texture and color, plus ease of maintenance. 

Because of the proximity of the neighboring residential properties, it was important to the college that the students living in the buildings be encouraged to congregate inside or in the direction of the main campus, rather than near the campus edge. The architects incorporated extra-wide common corridors and a central spine with informal lounges and gathering spaces. The design makes it easy for residents to meet casually within the buildings. It also directs pedestrian traffic towards a central garden area where much of the site's natural vegetation is preserved.

Six-person student apartments offer plenty of opportunity for residents to personalize their college home. The spacious 1200-square-foot units open to a large foyer with a coat closet and, beyond that, a living room with large bay windows. The living area is separated from the kitchen by a built-in table. The fully-applianced kitchen features generous oak cabinets to accomodate multiple cooks.

Each apartment has two single and two double bedrooms and two full baths. The double-sink alcove is separate from the shower area for greater flexibility. The living rooms are wired for cable television, telephone and data. The bedrooms have a data port per student.

The design/build project took 10 months to complete, including the design and construction phases. Intensive collaboration throughout the process enabled the college to increase value in the project and realize a savings. The result is highly desirable campus housing of substantial construction, built to last for the long term. The college plans to add a third building to the site in the near future.

Exterior Walls - Vinyl Siding: CertainTeed; Panels: Cemplank.
Roof - Membrane: Firestone;Asphalt Shingles: CertainTeed.
Floors - Carpet: Cambridge; Resilient: Armstrong; Ceramic: Dal-Tile.
Interior Walls - Drywall: United States Gypsum.
Elevators - ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

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