School’s Academic Inquiry Center Topped Off

(l-r): Paul Ayoub ’74, building committee; Mike McHugh, director of buildings and grounds, Noble and Greenough School; Steve Ginsberg, chief financial and operating officer, Noble and Greenough; George Maley, chief advancement officer, Noble and Greenough; Oneil Phatak, project executive, Shawmut Design and Construction; Andrew Jonic, senior associate, William Rawn Associates; Drew Donnellan, superintendent, Shawmut; Alex Dick, assistant project manager, Shawmut

Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently celebrated the topping off of Noble and Greenough School’s new Academic Inquiry Center. Set to open in January 2018, the project includes ground-up construction of the Academic Inquiry Center adjacent to the ongoing renovations to the Baker Building.

Additional renovations include fully equipped classrooms and labs suitable for biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as electronics and robotics workrooms built to foster research and innovation.

In partnership with architects at William Rawn Associates, the 21,400sf Academic Inquiry Center is designed to function as a dynamic learning facility, including a 10,000sf Putnam library, multisize meeting rooms with AV capability, and faculty office space.

Directly next door, the existing Baker Building, a hub for science, will also receive a 31,650sf update. A new campus-facing entry and lab addition will bridge the gap between the existing architecture and new Inquiry Center.

The project is located directly in the center of campus, although the school will remain fully functional during the remainder of construction. The Shawmut team worked closely with the school to create extensive safety plans, as well as noise mitigation, to make minimal impact on ongoing campus activity.


“We’re excited to once again partner with the Noble and Greenough School on this new and exciting expansion,” said Kevin Sullivan, vice president at Shawmut. “And we’re proud of our team’s collaboration with the school to ensure campus life was not disrupted during this extensive project.”  

Shawmut recently completed projects at WPI and has current projects at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Williams College.