The New England Conservatory’s (NEC’s) latest project, the Student Life & Performance center in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, is under way.

AECOM Tishman is serving as the construction manager for this $85-million project, designed by the partnership of Ann Beha Architects and Gensler.

Its Many Uses:

The Student Life & Performance Center is being built to achieve LEED Silver certification and will include the following:

  • New residence hall with 250 beds
  • Two-level library for audio and print resources
  • New dining commons
  • Black-box opera studio
  • Large orchestra rehearsal space with acoustics mimicking Jordan Hall
  • Small ensemble room with recording studio suited to jazz and contemporary improvisation

Strategic Planning:

We previously completed the $21-million exterior renovations and facade restorations to four of NEC’s buildings in 2009, three of which were on the National Historic Landmark list.

We minimized its impact on the campus by completing most of the projects during the student’s summer break. Being so accommodating to the campus, the work received numerous awards for historic preservation and green initiatives.

Plans for Operation:

The Student Life & Performance center is scheduled to open in 2017, to coincide with the Conservatory’s 150th anniversary.