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Simmons Hall

Dreyfus Building

Roll over photo thumbnails to change large image.        All photographs by Andy Ryan.
Architect Steven Holl Architects
Completed 2002
Scope 196,000 gsf
design features
  • study and group lounges
  • a multipurpose room
  • computer lab
  • game room
  • laundry facilities and kitchenettes
sustainable design elements
  • 6,000 operable windows with solar shading provide natural ventilation
  • a low-energy ventilation and dehumidification mechanical design supplement natural ventilation. This combination allows the dormitory to be used year-round without requiring air conditioning
  • the concrete walls of the building also help to maintain the occupants’ comfort. Exposed interior concrete takes advantage of night ventilation to cool and the thermal lag of the concrete to maintain cooler temperatures during the day

2003 Build Massachusetts Merit Award
Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts

2003 Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture
American Institute of Architects

2004 Charles Harleston Parker Award
Boston Society of Architects

2004 Engineering Excellence Honor Award
American Council of Engineering Companies

Designed by architect Steven Holl in collaboration with Perry Dean Rogers Architects, this ten-story dormitory for 350 undergraduate students and faculty is punctuated by terraces and atria and includes a computer cluster, fitness center, music rooms and street-level dining.

Simmons' bold geometry is already a Cambridge landmark. The building's shimmering exterior is wrapped in more than 5,500 windows connected by a grid of anodized aluminum. The building reflects light during the day and glows with interior light after dark.

Simmons Hall has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Engineering Excellence Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Project Team

Project Managers/MIT Jonathan Himmel
design architect Steven Holl Architects
architects Perry Dean Rogers
mep engineers Ove Arup & Partners
structural engineers Guy Nordensen and Associates, LLP.
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
construction manager Daniel O'Connell & Sons
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