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Wesleyan University Frank Center for Public Affairs

Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
75,600 SF
expected 2024
anticipating LEED Gold
Higher Education Historic Sustainability In Progress

Currently under construction, the gut renovation and expansion of the historic Frank Center for Public Affairs at Wesleyan University initiates a transition from the traditional teacher-centered classroom and faculty office models to flexible, responsive environments that support active, student-centered collaborative activities and new paradigms for faculty work.

The design of the project reorganizes interior space in the existing building, a 1927 McKim, Mead, and White former dormitory and replaces an undersized 1954 classroom addition with a new multi-story wing. The first floor will house a new collaboration commons with a “forum” gathering space and roof garden. Newman is also serving as architect of record for the replacement of a small 1954 connector to the main library with a larger connector containing a new university art gallery suite, designed by Peterson Rich Office.

The project is on track to receive LEED Gold with sustainable elements that include displacement ventilation and radiant-ceiling heating and cooling. Sustainable landscaping that establishes a new prototype for campus. It will also be one of the first projects on campus to utilize the in-progress campus loop conversion from steam to hot water and to install photovoltaic panels on flat roofs—key components of Wesleyan’s master plan for carbon neutrality by 2050.

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