Vanderweil Engineers Contributes to Renovation of Esteves Hall at Harvard Business School

CBT HBS Estevez

CBT HBS Estevez kitchen area / © Richard Mandelkorn Photography / CBT Architects

CBT HBS Estevez

Dorm room / © Richard Mandelkorn Photography / CBT Architects

Allston, MA – R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP, a Boston-based, full-service engineering firm, collaborated with design firm CBT Architects of Boston, and the Lee Kennedy Company, which acted as the construction manager, for the renovation of Esteves Hall at the Harvard Business School (HBS).

Originally constructed in 1970, Esteves Hall was recently renovated to create a new, more engaging atmosphere for participants, with a focus on sustainability and space optimization within the existing building footprint. The 76,000sf residence hall serves participants in the HBS Executive Education program. This transformative renovation provides participants a state-of-the-art living facility to complement their learning experience at HBS.

The primary goal of this project was to modernize and rejuvenate the building by creating a high-quality and sophisticated environment that would enhance the living and learning spaces of program participants.

Vanderweil Engineers engineered a number of upgrades, including fire suppression and alarm systems updates and improvements to the heating, ventilation, electrical, and IT systems. A key focus of this work was ensuring energy-efficiency was improved and that updates were made in a manner that supported the HBS sustainability goals. As a result, the building was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Construction began in January,2014 and was completed at the end of March 2015.