The Plan Award Finalist: Middlesex Community College New Academic Arts Center
Middlesex Community College Donahue Family Academic Arts Center was awarded finalist in the Plan Awards in the Renovation of existing structures category.

A new performing arts center for student use re-imagines a historic train depot in Lowell, MA as a vibrant piece of the city, restoring the old structure and celebrating the new.

A maple clad egg-shaped core is inserted within the 1876 brick shell to accommodate a proscenium theater, music recital hall, and dance studio. The efficient curved shape of the new insertion serves as the central structural element of the building, supporting new spaces within as well as bracing the restored historic structure and bringing the entirety of the Center.

The site of the new performing arts center, within the Lowell National Historic Park, is part of the renewed urban core.Along the sidewalk, a linear gallery and theater lobby display student activity and invite the public in through a main entry at the base of the landmark clock tower.The extensive renovation of an underused existing historic building in a pedestrian friendly urban center near to public transportation is at the core of the project’s approach to sustainability.


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