Finegold Alexander Architect
Brockton, MA – Governor Deval Patrick, the city of Brockton, and architectural firm Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc. of Boston announced the kickoff of the Downtown Brockton Higher Education Collaborative project on November 24. Three colleges will reside in one campus, to be situated at the historic building at 226 Main Street, Brockton. Massasoit Community College, Bridgewater State University, and University of Massachusetts Boston together will serve approximately 1,000 students at the site. Finegold Alexander is the project architect, calling upon the firm’s extensive 50-year history in historic renovation, restoration, and new additions for both public and private institutions. The expected cost will total $21 million in state funds.
Matthew Malone, State Secretary of Education, attended the event and expounded on how this first-of-its-kind campus will impact the community. “Downtown is going to be revitalized. It’s going to be revitalized by the investments we’re making and the investments we will make in downtown,” he said.
The collaborative’s mission is to create a downtown-Brockton-centered learning community providing support and a seamless pathway to student success using effective and innovative technologies and pedagogies. This goal is to provide accessible, affordable certificate, degree, and short-term training programs for students.
Jim Alexander, principal at Finegold Alexander, said, “Our firm is honored to be able to allow Brockton to retain one of the gems of its inner city, while adding onto it in a way that inspires 21st century learners.”
Design partners on the project also include Dober Lidsky Mathey , higher education facilities planners; and Chan Architecture & Urban Design, urban designers.