Project Detail

Miss Hall's School | Linn Hall & Residence Hall

New STEM Facility and New Student & Faculty Housing | Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Founded in 1898, Miss Hall’s School was one of the first all-girls boarding schools established in New England. Today the School is a nationally recognized, boarding and day independent secondary school that combines an exceptional college-preparatory curriculum with two acclaimed leadership programs, Horizons and the Girls’ Leadership Project. Both programs are central to the School’s belief that, in addition to outstanding academic preparation, girls need additional skills that allow them to step confidently into college and beyond, when they will be expected to communicate effectively and authentically, voice opinions with resolve and respect, and be comfortable having influence, leading change, and contributing boldly and creatively to the common good.

The new 24,500-sf Linn Hall enhances the STEAM studies of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through its collaborative spaces. New chemistry and physics labs with separate project and storage spaces, equipped with advance technology, provide more potential for innovation. Tech focused studio spaces allow experimentation in robotics, animation, programming, and three-dimensional printing. Expanded work and conference space for the Horizons Program reinforces the school’s commitment to community service. Coherency and transparency in teaching and learning is manifested in the architectural form of the curved plan of Linn Hall, combining classical architecture of the original campus with contemporary large glass paneled windows and doors that brings natural light and the lush green campus into the learning experience.

The new 11,800-sf Residence Hall provides dormitory rooms for thirty students combined with study spaces, indoor and outdoor common areas, and two faculty apartments. Each faculty apartment has its own separate entry and outdoor green space, providing the faculty family with more privacy. The common room integrates the warmth of a fireplace with the openness of a double story windowed gathering space. The formal language of the building combines classical New England architecture of the brick building with modern large paneled glass windows to let sunshine and air into living areas.

Time Span 2014-2017
Type New STEM Facility and New Student & Faculty Housing
Client Miss Hall's School
Size 36,200 sf
Architectural Team David Croteau, Principal-in-Charge; Madeleine Le, Project Architect
Consultants Civil Engineer: Foresight Land Services; Landscape Architect: Brown and Sardina; Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants; MEP-FP Engineer: BALA / TMP; Data/Communication: Edvance
Contractor PAC Group
Photographer Robert Benson Photography

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