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Berklee College of Music

Mixed Use Building
Size (SF)
William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
  • 16-story high rise
  • Residences for 370 students
  • 400-seat dining hall
  • 20 music/rehearsal rooms and two ensemble rooms
  • 14,000 sf of recording studios, a film scoring lab and other music technology space on 2 levels below grade
  • Fitness area, recreation space, 4,000 sf of ground floor retail



  • 18-month preconstruction process with focus on foundations, facade system, environmental conditions and logistics
  • Performed multiple breakouts, alternate and options all tracked separately by work type (music tech, soils, food service, security, tel-data, etc…)
  • Conceptual Design included analyses for facade and deep foundation systems as well as a massing study
  • Team analyzed cost, schedule, logistics and environmental impact of multiple deep foundation systems before settling on internally braced steel sheets; this saved $2.5 million over original slurry wall design
  • Team traveled to Europe with client and architect to view building skin options



  • Dense urban site, extremely limited laydown area
  • Abatement and demolition of existing one-story building on site
  • Reinforced concrete mat foundation system with hold down piles
  • High-end finishes will include wood wall panels, perforated metal ceilings, walls and flooring in a variety of carpets, terrazzo and porcelain tile
  • Aggressive 24-month demolition and construction schedule

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