Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

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The Wang Campus Center, Davis Garage and related Alumnae Valley projects encompass most of the western half of the Wellesley College campus. They include a 50,000 sqf Campus Center, the renovation of the Alumnae Valley landscape, a 565 car parking garage, a 20,000 sqf building for the Campus Trade Shops, a 4,000 sqf building for the campus police, the renovation and re-design of the campus chilled water plant, and the re-design of the Campus Central Utility Plant environs.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: , Massachusetts,
Project Team: Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam, Timothy Harrison, Christopher Agosta, David Yocum, Kimberly Shoemake-Medlock, Jeffrey Collins, Jennifer Pindyck, Barnum Tiller, Christian Rice, Michael Wirsching, Jennifer Hurst, John Trefry, Stephen Trimble, Kevin Gotsch, Andrea Korber, Jane Lee, Ashley Moore, Margaret Fletcher, Brian Bell, Trey Lindsey, Sophia Greenbaum, Helen Han, Ted Paxton
Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Structural Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Arup
Civil Engineer: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin
General Contractor: Richard White Sons
Project Managers: Genesis Partners
Lighting Consultant: LAM Partners
Project Area: 74,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photographer: Timothy Hursley

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It has been argued that “no single building on the Wellesley campus can claim as much historical significance and general admiration as does the landscape itself, and the buildings best loved within the Wellesley community have aesthetic properties which blend with those of the landscape.” To take its place at Wellesley, the new campus center must be derived from the values which are already embedded in the land. This extends beyond external appearance to the building’s internal structure—its essence, if you will. To become successful architecture, it must be more than a “composition in conformity with topographic conditions;” it must materialize the principles which have guided Wellesley since its inception.

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The new campus center must celebrate and give enduring form to those principles and values which have grounded the school and have contributed to its unique character. It must, like the un-owned landscape that hosts it, be a microcosm of the campus itself, allowing individuals to flourish with the greater collective.

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Cite: "Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects" 03 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • george

    three thousand ideas cut-and-pasted on a very un-inspiring building…..kind of like a first year architecture school student, getting inspiration from various sources, and pastiching them together without a real concept or coherent idea

    • RS

      it’s a campus center… it should be about such a multiplicity/diversity of ideas.

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  • simondroog

    I like that there are people in some of the photo’s. Unfortunately you don’t see people in architecture photo’s that much. I’ve always found that a bit odd as architecture IS for the people that use it. I wonder if they are satisfied with the building…

    One way to find out: Does you architecture work? >

  • dE_fOrmA

    I see a very good usage os spaces and and inside/outside scheme that seems very rich.

  • elliot

    nice work from these guys, as usual.

    best name for a student center ever.

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