“ . . . Beautifully executed . . . modern materials and systems that will last for the next hundred years, very thoughtful integration . . . reusing an old building is the most sustainable thing you can do . . .”
Questions facing Boston College and the Boston College Jesuit Community regarding St. Mary’s Hall included fit, functionality and restoration. There was a firm and shared desire that the Jesuit community should remain in residence, at the campus front door, given their centrality to the university mission. Thus the objectives of the project were to right-size for the Jesuit Community, partition the building and accommodate space needs of the academic community, restore the building envelope, and modernize building systems. The final result reflects a care and attention to detail evident in the original craftsmanship.
“The restoration warrants recognition as a campus building that represents university mission, and a project undertaking that is woven into the historic timeline of a university and a campus. The re-opening of St. Mary’s Hall represented a return of the Jesuits to the campus front door just as the Chestnut Hill campus celebrated a 100-year mark, and Boston College celebrated a 150th anniversary. The success of this project was celebrated by the university at this milestone,” says Mary S. Nardone, Associate Vice President.
DiMella Shaffer; also McGinley Kalsow Architects; Shawmut Design and Construction; Grande Masonry; BR+A; LeMessurier Consultants; Stephen Stimson Associates; Rolf Jensen & Associates; Nitsch Engineering; Colburn & Guyette; Collaborative Lighting, LLC