The Role of Campus Planning at MassArt:
- Coordinate the College's capital project needs
- Manage the planning process for the College
- Coordinate with the Facilities Department
- Facilitate involvement in the planning process
- Represent the College on large construction projects
- Maintain campus BIM database
- Monitor capital project budgets
Established in 1873 Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) was the first and remains the only freestanding public college of art and design in the US. Located in the Fenway Cultural District of Boston, MassArt occupies an entire block bordered by Huntington the “Avenue of the Arts” to the south and east, Evans Way and Tetlow Street to the north, and Palace Road to the west. In addition, the MassArt campus includes three residence halls located across Huntington Avenue, which are not part of the scope of this work.
The academic block within the scope of this work is comprised of seven academic buildings, built and remodeled over a 100-year period, of varying styles and age, including the Tower, Gym, Kennedy, East, North, South and Collins Buildings (see Campus Map). Initially designed in the early 1900’s as a campus of four buildings around a central courtyard for the Massachusetts Normal School and Girls Latin School, the campus expanded in the early 1960’s to become Boston State College. As the campus expanded, new academic buildings were constructed to accommodate a larger program. Each new building was designed to function independently, often with its own entrance, internal circulation and building systems. MassArt took over these buildings in the late 1980’s and began the process of renovating the facilities to accommodate a fine art and design curriculum in buildings that were never designed to house these disciplines.
A series of major capital projects have significantly improved our campus, over the last decade including the renovation and addition to the Kennedy Campus Center in 2011, the Treehouse residential tower completed in 2012 which received LEED Gold in 2014 (and 12 other Architectural Industry awards), and most recently the Design and Media Center completed in 2016.
2019 marks an extraordinary period of capital growth and revitalization for MassArt. The Bakalar and Paine Galleries Renovation Project, begun in 2018, was expanded to include a major renovation of the South building and the vision of a MassArt Museum is now a reality. On Fall Semester Opening Day 2019, we celebrated the Ribbon Cutting for the greatly improved South building, and with a February 2020 expected completion date for the Galleries and MassArt Museum (MAAM), the campus is again transformed. Additionally, the remainder of our campus is receiving energy efficiency upgrades through the Accelerated Energy Program (AEP) which in collaboration with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), will result in cost savings to the university, greater occupant comfort, and reduce MassArt’s greenhouse emissions.