ACADEMIC PROJECTS

Stetson-Sawyer Library
Williams College, Williamstown, MA
 
Project Description: Hired by Williams College to execute the furniture package for the original 1921 Stetson Hall (45,500 gsf) restoration and the New Sawyer Library (131,700 gsf) addition by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson(BCJ). The furniture and fabric selections followed closely the aesthetic set by the Architects, BCJ.  In Stetson Hall, the furniture selections stayed with the traditional style of the building. In the new Sawyer wing LS&A utilized a large variety of modern pieces with a mix of bold and soft colors base on the architect’s vision and the college’s budget.  Williams strongly values the student’s opinions and LS&A facilitated student participation in the selection of the furnishings.  LS&A coordinated a large variety of seating samples and a survey for students, faculty and staff to voice their likes and dislikes. The new furnishings provide a wide variety of seating options from formal to casual, creating a user friendly environment for the student’s varied physical sizes as well as their favored study styles (such as at a carrel, at a table, in a beanbag chair, on a sofa, etc.)
 
Scope:  Furniture selection and review, fabric selection and review, specifications, bidding, purchasing non-dealer items and punch list. The scope of the restoration of and addition to the library; included a new circulation desk and café, office space, meeting rooms, computer labs, classrooms, new group study areas, comfy reading rooms, formal reading rooms, multipurpose lecture and event space, garden forum lecture space, reference areas, and a “living room” which included beanbag chairs, ottomans, floor pillows, risers, mobile privacy screens and white boards.
 
Design Team: Interiors:  Leslie Saul & Associates (furniture and finishes), along with rest of the design team; Architecture: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
 
Fun Fact: This project defined the word “variety” as (48) different fabrics on (33) different types of seating!
Williams College- Stetson/Sawyer Library
Williams College- Stetson/Sawyer Library
Williams College- Stetson/Sawyer Library
Williams College- Stetson/Sawyer Library
Williams College- Stetson/Sawyer Library
Williams College- Stetson/Sawyer Library
Williams College- Stetson/Sawyer Library
Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth - Dartmouth, MA
Owner: Department of Capital Asset Management
 
Project Description: Renovation and Addition to 1976 Paul Rudolf designed library on a Rudolf designed campus. The interiors concept for this renovation and addition was to bring back the original Paul Rudolf bold color palette, that had been muted over the years, while updating the materials and furniture for today’s needs.  The exposed “corduroy” textured concrete of the building structure became a backdrop for bright primary and secondary colors. Colors are warmer in the active lower floors, and cooler in the quieter upper floors.
 
Scope:  Finish and furniture selection, specifications prepared for public bidding, installation observation, administration and punch list. The scope of the renovation of and addition to the library; included a new circulation desk and café, office space, meeting rooms, computer labs, classrooms, new group study areas, comfy reading rooms, formal reading rooms, multipurpose lecture and event space, re-organized stacks, and reference areas.
 
Design Team: Interiors:  Leslie Saul & Associates (furniture and finishes), along with rest of design team; Architecture: Austin architects (renovation) and designLAB architects (addition and executive architect); Lighting: Sladen Feinstein; Graphic Design: Roll Barresi & Associates
 
Fun Fact: Paul Rudolf is known for his “Brutalist” architectural style. To the surprise of many, this term did not originate from the word brutal, but rather from the French term “béton brut” which translates to “raw concrete”; the material that was celebrated in his buildings.
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
 
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
U Mass Dartmouth- Claire T. Carney Library
Maxwell Library
Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA


LS&A provided Interior Design and FFE services in association with Pfeufer Richardson Architects, for the renovation of an existing College Library. The interior design concept was to utilize light woods, soft colors, carpet inserts, and comfortable lounge chairs to humanize and brighten the large spaces, and call attention to new touch down standup computer “trees”. Our scope of services included the selection and specification of finishes and furniture, public bidding, installation observation, administration and punch list for the renovation of the library. The scope of the work included meeting rooms,study areas, stacks, reference areas, and circulation desk.
 
Bridgewater State College - Maxwell Library
Bridgewater State College - Maxwell Library
Bridgewater State College - Maxwell Library
Shea/Durgin Hall
Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA


LS&A provided Interior Design and FFE services in association with Pfeufer Richardson Architects, for the renovation of an existing Residence Hall. Our interior design concept was to create a lively and appealing environment in areas that were more basement-like than useable common rooms. Our scope of services included the selection and specification of finishes and furniture for all of the common areas.
 
Bridgewater State College- Shea/Durgin Dorm
Bridgewater State College- Shea/Durgin Dorm
Bridgewater State College- Shea/Durgin Dorm
Bridgewater State College- Shea/Durgin Dorm
Corinne Hall Towers
Framingham State College, Framingham, MA


LS&A provided Interior Design and FFE services in association with Pfeufer Richardson Architects, for the renovation of and addition to an existing Residence Hall. Our interior design concept was to be bold, fresh and transformative oft he largely neglected and “abused” urban tower that featured a dated and worn-out 70’s interior. Our scope of services included the selection and specification of finishes, furniture and lighting, public bidding, installation observation, administration and punchlist. The scope of the project included a new entry and security desk and common areas, including multi-purpose lecture and event space, elevator lobbies, hallways, dorm rooms, group study spaces(for honors students) and other common areas.
 
Framingham State College- Corinne Hall Towers-Renovations
Framingham State College- Corinne Hall Towers-Renovations
Framingham State College- Corinne Hall Towers-Renovations
O'Connor Hall
Framingham State College, Framingham, MA

LS&A provided Interior Design and FFE services in association with William Sloan Associates, for the renovation of an existing, all women’s Residence Hall. The dormitory was actually in better shape than the “younger” Corrinne Towers. The interior concept was to keep the original architecture intact, use materials common to the 60’s such as real cork flooring (and faux cork, too), patterned window treatments and mid-century details such as the Nelson clock. Our scope of services included the selection and specification of finishes, furniture and lighting, for the dorm rooms and common areas. 
 
Framingham State College- O'Connor Hall
Lesley University Administration Offices
Porter Square, Cambridge, MA


LS&A provided Architecture and Interior Design services for the consolidated administrative offices of Lesley University. With office spaces distributed across multiple Victorian houses on the Cambridge Campus, a new Senior Vice President realized that it would be better to have one shared space in terms of team building,improved communication and a more efficient work environment. The University leased a former mercantile space in the basement of a strip mall adjacent to the Campus. Our interiors concept was to create transparency and reflectivity as much as possible that would mitigate the basement conditions. Although employees described the planned move as one to “the third level of hell,” by the time the space was up and occupied, the synergy of the single floor occupancy was “clear” to all. Our scope of services included Programming,Space Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development, Furniture Selection and Specifications Permit/Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Punch List, Selection, Customization and Specification of furniture, finishes and lighting.
 
Lesley University- Offices
Lesley University- Offices
Lesley University Offices
Dibner Institute
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


LS&A provided Interior Design and FFE services in association with Ellenzweig Associates for the renovation of and addition to a building at MIT for the purpose of a Museum of Science and Technology and the associated research institute. Our interior design concept was to utilize both sides of the neutral palette, both warm and cool colors,and to showcase the history of modern furniture design, with furniture designed by le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Eileen Gray, and Michael Graves. Space planning and design issues created by the oversized blocky columns, were solved with built-ins and strategic partial mirrors. Durable and classic leather and wood make the space timeless. Our scope of services included programming and space planning for the administrative offices, the selection, customization and specification of finishes, built-ins, furniture and lighting, select vendor bidding, installation observation, administration and punch list.
 
MIT Dibner Institute, Cambridge, MA
MIT Dibner Institute, Cambridge, MA
MIT Dibner Institute, Cambridge, MA
MIT Dibner Institute, Cambridge, MA
Office of the Dean, Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


LS&A provided Interior Design services for the renovation and updating of the Office of the Dean. Stipulated in the will of Alfred P. Sloan was that his desk could not be moved out of the office, even for refinishing, but the desk didn’t accommodate modern technology and work-styles. Our solution was to refinish the walls and desk on-site, move the desk to the side of the room for the purpose of the large donations ceremonies, while designing and building a new built in desk and shelving in the opposite corner. The project had to be completed, including design and construction in 3 weeks. LS&A called in favors from contractors,custom furniture makers and other sub-contractors to complete the project on time for the new Dean’s arrival. Only the ergonomic keyboard tray was missing, and was installed a couple of weeks later. The success of this project led to other projects that were deadline driven at the Sloan School.
 
Office of the Dean, Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Founders Hall
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


LS&A provided Interior Design Services in association with William Sloan Associates for the renovation of a major historic Gothic style classroom building at Wellesley College. Our design concept was to support the historic exterior with traditional furniture, finishes and lighting, such as Stickley style desks and lounge furniture; custom seminar room tables and classroom tablet arm chairs, built-ins in for the department offices, old fashioned schoolhouse pendant lights with modern efficient lighting, historic fabrics for the auditorium seating, and traditional patterned carpets. Our scope of services included: Programming,Space Planning, Design Development, Construction Documents, Furniture Selection and Specifications, selected vendor Bidding, Construction and Installation Observation/Administration, and Punch List.
Founders Hall
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
 
Wellesley College
Lake House Dormitory
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


LS&A provided architecture and interior design services for the renovation of an historic dormitory near the lake at Wellesley College. The common areas were redesigned for new purposes: a large shared Kitchen for students off the meal plan, a Faculty Apartment(carved out of some storage space and common area) and new Lounges for Salon-style programming led by the in-house faculty member. In the interest of attracting a faculty member to this new concept, the apartment was customized to fit the needs of the first occupant and his partner. Our design concept was to keep the front rooms intact and traditional, but to add color and interest to the kitchen area for a bit of fun. Our scope of services included: Programming, Space Planning, Design Development, including the design of custom built-ins, Construction Documents,selected vendor Bidding, Construction and Installation Observation/Administration,and Punch List.
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