Institutional

Smith College – Friedman Housing Complex

Built on a previously developed but verdant corner of campus, the buildings are designed to harmonize with the surrounding landscape. All feature floor to ceiling windows and clerestories that invite abundant natural light and views into living spaces. Each of the ten units contains four single bedrooms centered around a communal kitchen and bath core, for a campus living experience more akin to an urban flat than a traditional dormitory.

As Associate¬†Architect to Seattle’s Olson Kundig Architects, C&H played a vital role in bringing this project to realization. From Schematic Design through Construction Administration, C&H worked closely with OKA, Smith College Committee & Facilities, and the construction team, to orient and streamline the complex interdisciplinary goals of this project.

Renderings by Olson Kundig.

Project Details

  • C&H led weekly on-site Job Meetings during the project construction
  • As Associate Architect, our role was to act as coordinator between Owner, Constructor and Architect of Record
  • C&H oversaw the proper execution of building details, and performed evaluations during the construction process, including blower door testing to confirm that air sealing met the stringent design requirements

Project Team

Architect of Record

Associate Architect

Owner’s Project Manager

Constructor

LEED Rater

Photographers

Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle WA

C&H Architects, Amherst MA

CSL Consulting, Burlington MA

Western Builders, Granby MA

Center for EcoTechnology, Northampton MA

Ethan Drinker & Trent Bell