ADD Inc has unveiled its work on Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. The firm’s $12.3 million renovation of Ely Campus Center, the college’s student center, included the expansion of the fitness area into a two-story wellness center and repurposing of basement space into a new mixed-use student commons area with an outdoor terrace.
ADD Inc removed much of the building’s brick façade and doubled the exterior glass of the main floors, introducing natural light and views of the campus quad. Modular furnishings in deep orange, green, and blue hues accommodate different group sizes.
The project also included the construction of University Hall, a residential facility inspired by the surrounding woods and mountains. Shaped like trees fallen in the forest, the building features student rooms and corridors that extend like branches out to study “perches” in the tree canopy. Meeting rooms and common areas on the ground floor capture a forest atmosphere with wooded ceilings and furnishings that evoke wild flowers.
The hallmark of University Hall is its all-glass, floor-to-ceiling archway, providing open spaces for student lounging and studying with views of the Tekoa Mountains.
Both buildings reflect students’ needs for collaborative and interactive learning environments in and out of the classroom. “Based upon our surveys, students spend more time in the residence halls and campus centers than in any other locations on campus,” B.K. Boley, principal at ADD Inc, said in a statement. “We felt we had to go beyond enhancing the school’s facilities and services by designing memorable spaces that truly enrich a student’s college experience and strengthen academic life.”