Honorable Mention - SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse

Springfield Technical Community College

Campus Center
Springfield Technical Community College - Campus Center
Jury Comments
“. . . adaptive reuse with limited budget was really strong . . . imaginative and preservation-minded reuse of building . . . consolidation and clarity of programming is commendable . . . modern insertions in the historic structure are done very sensitively and provide great warmth and character . . . terrific example of stewardship and smart use of resources both in the architecture and in support of the technical college programs . . . nice work . . .”


    • Site – 4.85 acres; Building – 100,100 gsf / 63,600 asf
    • Targeting LEED Silver.
    • Services are distributed centrally along the length of the two-story building and attic level to highlight the exposed structure at the perimeter.
    • The Campus Center consolidates academic services and student life activities under one roof.
    • Cor-ten steel canopies along the building’s façade mark new entrances into the Learning Commons, Student Life, Academic Advising, and Student Enrollment Centers.


Inheriting the former Springfield National Armory site and buildings in 1968, the college severely lacked space for students to gather, socialize, or study, and college departments were dispersed across campus, making academic resources and student services difficult to find. A planning study recommended consolidating these departments at the heart of the campus, creating a one-stop student services center and learning commons.

The project restores and adapts the never-before occupied Springfield National Armory’s Long Storehouse into a new vibrant center. Stretching 764 feet long, the new Campus Center consolidates academic services and student life departments into a single building at the center of campus with easy access for students. The planning and design process involved working with 29 departments to maximize the proximities, efficiencies, and economies from the consolidation of resources.

The departments and student program spaces were organized into four major hubs: the Student Enrollment and Academic Advising Centers simplify enrollment processes and consolidate access to student services; the Student Life Center includes a café, the bookstore, and meeting areas for students to study and socialize; and the Learning Commons combines the college’s library with instructional spaces, tutoring, and information technology services.

The design approach for the project preserves and celebrates the exposed building structure and historic materials, balancing interventions for new programs, modern building systems, accessibility, and life safety with the building’s remarkable character. Technical investigations, tests, and design mock-ups informed the design approach and enabled the project team to preserve original fabric, and restore original colors and finishes alongside a new and complementary palette of materials and finishes and contemporary design.

Project Team

Ann Beha Architects; also Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM); RSE Associates; Alteiri Sebor Wieber; Jensen Hughes; Vermeulens; Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting; Nitsch Engineering; National Park Service; Consigli Construction Company