Boston – Lee Kennedy Co. announced it recently completed construction of Simmons University’s new science center and library within Lefavour Hall and the West Wing of the Main College Building. The recent renovation completed Phase 3 of the university’s “One Simmons” plan, which enables the university to offer first-class facilities to its students.
Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, Phases 1 and 2 began in May 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. These enabling phases consisted of updating existing classrooms, offices, and spaces within other buildings on campus to allow the university to move personnel from the existing building to prepare for the fit-out of new science and library spaces.
Phase 3 was a continuation of enabling work on the main campus and the full 142,000sf renovation of existing spaces in Lefavour Hall and West Wing. This provided new classrooms, offices, support spaces, a library, and two full floors of labs for students and faculty. The new science labs included Neuro Science, Bio/Chem, Anatomy and Physiology, Micro Genetics, Chemistry and additional research labs. Simmons University also built new labs for Home Health, Surgical, ER, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, and other various teaching simulation labs for its nursing program. These new labs will allow students to gain access to the same state-of-the-art equipment they will eventually go on to use after graduation.
Lee Kennedy Co. managed construction in the heart of a fully operational Simmons University campus. As a result of early planning and close collaboration with Simmons University, Redgate, and subcontractors, the entire project team was able to minimize disruption and coordinate the project logistically around the busy college campus.
Lee Kennedy Co. has been managing campus improvement projects at Simmons University for more than 20 years. This project continues the firm’s life science work in and around the Boston area.