Photo by Chuck Choi

Tufts University, Science & Engineering Complex

Medford, MA




2018 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
2018 Go Beyond Award, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories
Tufts University, Science & Engineering Complex
Tufts University, Science & Engineering Complex

Photo by Chuck Choi

Tufts University, Science & Engineering Complex

With the Science & Engineering Complex, Tufts University expands and promotes collaboration within related programs on its Medford campus. The project involves complete renovations to Anderson and Robinson Halls. It also includes connecting a modern laboratory addition to these existing buildings through a multistory atrium, allowing the various departments to access the shared laboratory space. SGH designed the structure and consulted on the building enclosure for the project.

Scope | Solutions

SGH designed the foundation and superstructure for the 79,000 sq ft addition, modifications to the adjacent structures, and landscape structures. Highlights of our design include the following:

  • Underpinning concepts for Anderson and Robinson Halls to accommodate grade changes across the site

  • Openings in the existing halls’ facades to facilitate circulation

  • Exposed framing in the atrium positioned around a large skylight to maximize daylight into the space

  • Eccentrically framed connectors to the existing building

We also consulted on the roofing, waterproofing, and curtain wall designs. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Participated in the design-assist process for the unitized curtain wall system

  • Reviewed the design and recommended ways to improve performance and constructability

  • Developed details for the addition’s various enclosure systems and to integrate new construction with the existing buildings, including the large skylight and gutter between the atrium and Robinson Hall

  • Water tested curtain walls and other components to evaluate performance

SGH provided construction phase services, including extensive field work to diagnose existing conditions uncovered during demolition, reviewing contractor submittals, and visiting the site to observe ongoing construction.

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