Project FactsRadcliffe Gymnasium Renovation
Cambridge, MA USA
- Completed -
- Funding - Private
IntroductionIn 1898, McKim, Mead and White, the largest and most important architectural firm in the US at the time, designed the first building in Harvard University’s Radcliffe Yard, a gymnasium with a marble-lined swimming pool and an indoor track on the second floor. In 2006, Bruner/Cott transformed this (Read more)
DescriptionThe original 1898 Radcliffe Gymnasium served its function for many generations of Radcliff students. After Radcliff College and Harvard University merged, the purpose of the building eventually shifted to serve as rehearsal space for Harvard’s Dance Program. Some modifications, including the filling (Read more)
Design and the User ExperienceUsers were engaged in the design process from the very beginning in the form of a Steering Committee. The committee included the Executive Dean of the Institute, the Facilities Director, the Director of the Fellowship Program, the Director of Educational Programs, and the Dean of the Institute. Bruner/Cott (Read more)
EvaluationThe renovated gymnasium has met the expectations of the client and its many users and, in 2007, earned the Preservation Recognition Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission. The team was able to seamlessly join accessibility, sustainability, and preservation, while giving the building the contemporary (Read more)
Universal Design Features
- Accessibility blends seamlessly with the style of the building as a whole such as the interior elevator and the new terrace and ramp.
- The building is constantly supplied with fresh air, even in winter months, ensuring good indoor air quality.
- By compartmentalizing the interior, noise can be controlled. This also provides spaces that afford a level of privacy for conversation, including cell phone calls, without disturbing the activity in other rooms.
Environmentally Sustainable Features
- Re-Use of the exterior shell including window restoration and re-use of major components of the historic interior.
- Materials present in the building before the renovation were reused, including the marble from the old swimming pool which had been quarried in New England and is now part of the terrazzo flooring, signage and exterior terrace paving.
- A construction waste management system allowed 92% of materials to be recycled. Construction waste would otherwise be sent to a landfill.
- The inclusion of dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, and faucets with motion sensors has reduced domestic water use by over 40%.
- Over half the building’s storm water is saved from the municipal sewer by use of new drywells (a system that transports rainwater into the ground).
- Indoor air quality benefits from the use of low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and the heat recovery unit, which circulates fresh air while recovering heat from exhausted air.
- The implementation of two 1,500 ground-water source heat pumps and geothermal wells allow the building to use less energy for its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.
Project DetailsProject Team Client: John Horst, Director of Facilities and Administrative Services Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Project Manager: Kate Loosian Harvard Real Estate Services Architects: Leland D. Cott, FAIA, LEED A.P., Principal-in-Charge Lynne Brooks, AIA, LEED A.P., Co-Principal Jason Formey, (Read more)
Project TeamProject Team Client: John Horst, Director of Facilities and Administrative Services Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Project Manager: Kate Loosian Harvard Real Estate Services Architects: Leland D. Cott, FAIA, LEED A.P., Principal-in-Charge Lynne Brooks, AIA, LEED A.P., Co-Principal Jason Formey, (Read more)
Preservation Recognition Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission - 2007
Address: 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138