DWIGHT HALL

Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

This is a comprehensive renovation to a 69,505 square foot historic college building, which cost a total of $8 million. It was designed by Miller Dyer Spears, Inc.

Renovations to this brick administration building occurred on each of its 4 floors, including the administrative offices. The auditorium and stage areas received state-of-the art upgrades to the theatrical lighting and A/V systems, air-conditioning system, and life safety systems. New seating, stage rigging and draperies, as well as new acoustical fabric panels, and cherry wood paneling and hardwood finishes were added throughout the main auditorium and proscenium area.  Selective demolition of the finishes was required.

New 13.8KV substation and 750KVA transformers were installed to accommodate updated power requirements, as well as a new HVAC cooling tower and a new heating system.  New fire protection systems were installed to meet current code requirements.

Colantonio arranged with the college to be on site during the breaks and holidays to complete phased work without disturbing staff, faculty and students.  While many unforeseen conditions and scheduling changes affected the original phasing plan, Colantonio worked with Framingham State to adjust work items around their schedule and met every deadline.