Casey R Hickerson

Ford Hall, Smith College

Science and Engineering Building

Ford Hall is a new building for science and engineering at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. This 140,000 ft2, $73m facility will house the Picker Engineering Program, the first engineering program at a women's college in the United States, as well as Smith's programs in biochemistry, chemistry and computer science.

The facility's design incorporates numerous features to support the building's long-term sustainability, including green roofs, porous pavement, sustainable building materials, innovative mechanical systems and a unique heat and power cogeneration system. Deconstruction and reuse of materials from the buildings currently on site further enhances the project's sustainability. Upon completion, the building achieved LEED Gold Certification.

My contributions to this project included design development, production of construction documents, engineering systems coordination and research into materials, assemblies and building codes.

Client: Smith College, Northampton MA
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Pittsburgh PA
Contribution Timeframe: February 2006–February 2007

Further Information: Smith College » Ford Hall