In collaboration with Perkins + Will, Arup is renovating Smith College’s Cutter and Ziskind residence halls. Originally built by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in 1957 and 1955 respectively, the two housing units encompass 68,500ft2 and are connected by a dining hall and a kitchen. The renovation centres on two main factors: a desire to adhere to architectural tradition, and a need to explore better sustainability options. Arup’s wide range of experience in both sustainability and preservation allow for renovations that will increase the buildings’ efficiency while still maintaining the integrity of the original mid-century architecture.
Arup is providing structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and civil engineering services for the project. Based on conditions assessments and code analyses, the renovation included replacing or modifying all major systems and building components, in addition to updating interiors and improving energy efficiency. The renovation will incorporate green technology and sustainable building practices, and is considering LEED Silver.