Ford Hall Molecular Science/Engineering Building

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

The Molecular Biology and Engineering Center at Smith College is the first building on a new campus precinct for the sciences and technology that reflects Smiths's commitment to these areas of intellectual endeavor. The 142,000 square foot building houses teaching and research space for chemistry, molecular biology, computer science and engineering. Integration of the building within Smith's rich campus landscape is a priority. Established in 1999, Smith's Picker Engineering Program is the nation's first and only accredited all-women engineering program.

Programmatically, the college has worked with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to maximize the socialization and interaction of faculty and students through the building's design as a means of fostering collegial relationships among faculty and students.

Ford Hall is a LEED Gold certified facility, the first on the Smith College campus, incorporating green roofs, porous pavement, vegetated swales, environmentally responsible mechanical systems and the use of a combined heat and power cogeneration system.


2012 Honor Award for Design
AIA Pittsburgh
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