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Lesley University — Lunder Arts Center


Project Name

Lunder Arts Center

Size

74,000 SF

Location

Cambridge, MA

Owner

Lesley University College of Art and Design

Architect

Bruner|Cott Architects and Planners

Awards

Paul & Niki Tsongas Award, Most Innovative Project – Preservation Massachusetts Education Facilities Design - Boston Society of Architects Design Award, 2019

Project Name

Lunder Arts Center

Size

74,000 SF

Location

Cambridge, MA

Owner

Lesley University College of Art and Design

Architect

Bruner|Cott Architects and Planners

Awards

Paul & Niki Tsongas Award, Most Innovative Project – Preservation Massachusetts Education Facilities Design - Boston Society of Architects Design Award, 2019

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Lunder Arts Center Exterior Building shot
Lunder Arts Center Interior

The Lunder Arts Center is the new home to Lesley University’s College of Art and Design. The 74,000 SF facility includes a screening room, studios, galleries, offices, and a variety of teaching spaces in a combination of newly constructed space and a renovated former church building. Acentech was hired to provide acoustics, audiovisual, and telecommunications consulting services.

Acentech worked with the design team to achieve enhanced room acoustics within the presentation and studio spaces, upgraded sound isolation between noise sensitive spaces, quiet background noise levels for enhanced listening conditions, and noise control within several studios, including animation, painting, digital, and photography.

Of particular concern to the university was noise from the building to the surrounding community. To assist with this challenge, Acentech modeled the building in CADNA, and designed noise control strategies to meet the project’s goals.

Two spaces within the building received special attention from Acentech’s audiovisual designers: the video screening room has a surround sound system, large projection screen, and speech reinforcement system; and the lobby/entry features a large video wall used to display gallery events and student art. Acentech’s telecommunications consultants designed the building’s wired and wireless networks, beginning with a WiFi heat map to determine the placement of access points.

This new, vibrant art center at Lesley also connects the university to the Cambridge community with three public art galleries, and an art library housed in the historic church building.

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