Bridgewater State University Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center
Bridgewater, MA / United States
Total Square Footage
168,300 GSF New
43,000 GSF Renovation
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Geography, Math, Physics, Research Labs, Teaching Labs
LEED NC 2.2 Silver Registered
Since the Dana Mohler-Faria Science Center was built as Bridgewater State University’s home of sciences in 1964, the number of full-time students on campus has increased ten-fold. Looking to accommodate this growth, as well as new programs, technology and laboratories, Payette proposed an addition/renovation that transforms an outdated building into a state-of-the-art facility and revitalizes the heart of the main campus. Major improvements to the existing building and the construction of a new addition significantly improve the campus space outside the building and fundamentally change the way science is studied within.
The vision is comprised of a single complex that integrates the once scattered biology, chemistry, earth science, geography, physics, math and computer science departments. The new integrated and expanded facilities for teaching and research have strengthened the University’s undergraduate science program, provides students with opportunities for experiential learning and undergraduate research and fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration among students and faculty.
The multi-phased project, which also called for the demolition of one wing of the original structure, creates a new green space bordered by the ensemble of buildings including the gymnasium, library and campus center. The campus’ primary academic road, Park Avenue, provides an interlude between buildings and an opportunity for pedestrians to engage in their environment.
Photography: © Warren Jagger Photography