Wentworth Presentation

View Adaptive Re-use Plans for Medfield State Hospital Designed by Wentworth Institute of Technology Students

All are invited to attend a reception and exhibition of final design projects for a historic section of the Medfield State Hospital including the Chapel (Lee Building,) Infirmary, and Club House.  The event will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Watson Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.

Student teams will present their innovative designs based on the adaptive re-use of the former hospital into one of the following five facilities:

  • A Culinary Center
  • A Center for the Arts
  • Student Union and Library for a Community College
  • Museum and Visitors Center
  • Outpatient and Clinical Research Center

Earlier in the year the Architecture and Interior Design students toured the hospital property.  They were granted access inside the Lee Chapel and provided copies of the original architectural drawings.  After completing initial designs, they then collaborated with Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Structural Design, Mechanical Design and Facilities Management to create innovative and creative plans for the site.  Law students were also involved regarding major legal issues such as bylaws and hazardous waste disposal.  In total, over 90 students worked on these projects under coordination and direction of seven faculty members.

The Culinary Center proposal used the surrounding agricultural lands as their source of food, including green houses for the winter months. Three Museum and Visitor Center proposals included a theater, historical museum that could include gallery space for a history of the hospital, history of treatment for mental illness, and even space or home for the Medfield Historical Society. The Center for the Arts adopted the Chapel for a performing arts theater and surrounding space for work areas, studios, and cafes.

Town officials and residents are all invited to this exciting exhibition on April 17th.

For additional information please contact Prof. Charles Cimino at 617-989-4467 / ciminoc@wit.edu, or Gil Rodgers at 617-792-0583 / gilrodgers@aol.com.