About Simmons University Development
300 Fenway, Fenway, Boston, MA
In early 2013 Simmons initiated an institutional and master planning process to study how our aging physical plant can meet the needs of its academic future as Simmons enters its second century. Through this Strategy 2022 initiative, which included input from academic deans, faculty, staff, and students and is guided by the President and Board of Trustees, Simmons developed a set of priorities and recommendations for future campus development and began exploring options. The Strategy 2022 process crystalized two vital needs of the university moving forward:
- Addressing our aging science facilities at a time when Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education has taken on regional and national importance.
- Uniting residential accommodations and athletics facilities, currently on the Residential Campus, with existing academic and administrative facilities on the Academic Campus as a “One Simmons” concept.
In order to achieve the goals of the One Simmons initiative, Simmons proposes to first renovate the existing Lefavour Hall building into a modern science facility, and then demolish the Park Science Center to enable the construction of a new Living and Learning Center. Together, these two Projects will create a consolidated academic and residential campus.The proposal calls for the demolition of the existing Park Science Center for the construction of a new, 21-story Living and Learning Center, which will provide athletics space, a dining hall, and approximately 1,100 dormitory beds.
Is it anticipated that the CNBHS and Library Renovations will begin in the fall of 2020 and will be completed in the fall of 2021. Construction of the Living and Learning Center will begin after the CNBHS and Library Renovations are complete, and construction will last approximately 36 months.