Vote for Beaver Research + Design Center!

Posted on July 11th, 2018 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic, Awards

The R+D Center has been selected as a finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards program in the Primary & High Schools category. It is now competing for the two most sought-after awards: The Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award. You can help choose the Popular Choice Award by voting HERE!

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NORTH CURTAIN WALL GOING UP AT BEAVER

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Gretchen Neeley

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic, construction

The expression of the vertical curtain wall framing members is pronounced before the glass is installed and remains clearly visible on the interior.

However, the final exterior expression of the north facade is to suppress all vertical framing by using a structural silicone joint. The horizontal joints are awaiting their custom profile caps.

 

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OFFICE VISIT TO BEAVER

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic, construction

We took an office trip today to check out construction progress at Beaver, Gretchen gave us a tour.

 

cracks!

future ramp

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BEAVER CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Posted on November 28th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic, construction

The structure for the new third floor addition and the northern facade profile are in place.

Bleacher structure in place

Photos by Erica Dorenkamp

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STRIPPED DOWN!

Posted on September 22nd, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic, construction

The existing 2-story library wing at Beaver Country Day has been stripped down to the structure!

And the old classroom building!

Photos by Erica Dorenkamp

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Accessible Education: Renovating a 90 year old school

Posted on May 11th, 2016 by achang

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic

The realities of a campus built over the span of 90 years has produced a challenge of accessibility between the multiple buildings at Beaver Country Day School.  Across five structures (the main building and auditorium built in 1925, and the Science Wing and Library built in 1967) there was an 8 foot grade difference from adjacent floor levels which will require an extensive ramp at the maximum allowable slope to adjoin the main levels.  Additionally two new elevators are being added: the first is a 4 stop, embedded in the mass of the existing building and the other, a six stop, will be in the new addition connecting multiple offset floors.

A three-story connecting “bridge” volume contains part of the ramp, animating the prime circulation route with study carrels, presentation spaces, a lounge, and comfortable bench seating.

 

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BEAVER COMPOSITE MODEL STUDY

Posted on January 14th, 2016 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic

Our Rice intern Sea Hoon made this to study material transitions on the three facades of our addition at Beaver Country Day.

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ARTHUR MEETING WITH BEAVER STUDENTS TODAY!

Posted on October 28th, 2015 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic

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NADAAA DESIGNING R+D CENTER FOR BEAVER COUNTRY DAY

Posted on October 11th, 2015 by Nicole Sakr

Posted under: _BEAVER R+D Center, Academic

Beaver Country Day School is Private Secondary School, located in a suburb of Boston that boasts a highly progressive pedagogy, championing collaborative learning, digital and physical making, and sharing with a greater community. The school has commissioned NADAAA to design a new facility that will reflect the ambition of the faculty and students and at the same time allow the space to transform as pedagogies are developed. The project addresses a variety of programmatic requirements as well as re-defining the focus of the campus toward a central courtyard.

The primary programmatic consideration of the design is the transformation of their library, currently located in a two-story 1967 era wing of the campus. The traditional stack areas and reading rooms have been re-branded the Research + Design Center, and the former library is expanding its reach into the rest of the school, providing accessible routes, meeting areas, digital and physical fabrication labs, and a variety of group work areas.

The project consists of 24,000 square feet of addition and 16,500 square feet of renovation. Construction is expected to begin this June.

 

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