The renovated 140,000 sq/ft Wellesley College Science Center is now home to classrooms, offices, research facilities, and new teaching laboratories. The new teaching laboratories are meant to be ‘innovation hubs’ that allow students to experience a range of sciences and give faculty the space for educational innovation. The goal of the renovation is to create a space that promotes community.
The first phase of the project involved renovating the L-Wing. The L Wing was built in 1970 and required significant updates. Wellesley College chose TG Gallagher as the HVAC contractor for a design-assist project to update the mechanical and plumbing systems. Mechanical room pump skids, AHU-coil piping, HVAC pipe mains, coil sticks, and steam stations were all prefabricated in TGG’s 40,000sq/ft facility in Andover. The project posed challenges such as working on an active campus with restrictions, existing MEP systems, and existing building conditions. During the construction process, TGG was able to propose ideas to improve these existing systems.
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Engineer: BR + A
General Contractor: Turner Construction