Emerson College’s Little Building underwent its first overhaul in over 100 years. From decades of deterioration, the falling façade needed stabilization consisting of repair, replacement and restoration; furthermore the building needed a new seismic lateral resistance system. Expanded floor space to the south and an added 13th floor increased accommodation from 748 to 1,044 beds and provided larger social spaces. The design team lacked crucial information due to limited existing drawings, previous renovations, and concealed structure. Therefore, a major analysis of the entire structure was conducted. The renovation mirrored historically significant features of the façade while leaving historic landmarks undisturbed.
Award of Merit in Specialty Construction (2018) ENR New England
People’s Choice Award (2021) Built Environment Plus