QCC progress

The feasibility study for the new Science and Technology Building at Quinsigamond Community College is nearing completion.   The current design seeks to combine program in innovative ways to facilitate new majors; shape the campus landscape while improving accessibility; and serve as a sustainable model for future growth.


Program – Phase 1: A combination of natural science, engineering, and technology labs are supported by classroom and office spaces.  Phase 2: Additional classrooms facilitate the science programs and the college at large.


Site – Building massing helps shape a main quad and negotiates the site’s steep topography, making the campus more accessible.  The landscape strategy below is phased over several years and includes indigenous plantings, storm water collection, and a geothermal well field.  Drawing courtesy of Richard Burck Associates.


Planning – This first floor example shows how labs are located adjacent to classroom and gathering spaces to facilitate flexible teaching.  A double loaded corridor creates a very efficient plan, glazed lounge spaces are brought into the building to increase natural light and a feeling of openness.


Exterior – Brick is used to tie the building to the existing campus palate, however the pattern varies to create screening devices and sun shading where necessary.  Following perspectives looking from quad downslope (southwest), quad upslope (southeast), and from the parking area (northwest).