studioMLA worked with Newbury College in Brookline MA on a series of four strategic projects to improve efficiency, functionality and the student experience on their campus. Working closely with the College’s leadership team, we undertook a series of feasibility studies and design work to leverage their existing facilities to meet institutional goals cost-effectively.
studioMLA helped the College address a housing shortage by planning a conversion of a floor of classrooms into a student residence with a student lounge area and an option of adding a floor onto an existing residence hall to increase housing capacity.
studioMLA also helped the College address the need for a truly welcoming entry to campus by replacing an underused teaching kitchen with a redesigned administrative suite to house admissions and related staff, creating a new welcome center for prospective students and families.
Additionally, studioMLA explored the utility of building a new gymnasium on campus.
Providing creative design solutions and feasibility work has allowed the college to assess the ROI of various projects and prioritize capital expenditures.