Guiding Philosophies

The concepts described below - sustainability, collaboration, transparency, and fiscal responsibility - are central to the college's overall approach to campus renewal.

Sustainability

President Sloan is among the charter signatories of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, demonstrating the college's dedication to reducing its carbon footprint and acting as a responsible citizen of the global community.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building is designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. MassArt is steadfast in its commitment to minimizing the environmental consequences of all its facilities and will be pursuing LEED certification for all stages of the current renovations.

Currently, the new campus center has earned 22 LEED certification credits in its design phase, with an ultimate goal of 35. LEED application for the construction phase is ongoing.

To learn more about LEED certification, visit the U.S. Green Building Council.

Collaboration

MassArt is committed to both integrating its campus into the neighborhood and limiting the financial impact of campus construction on the college and its students. One way it is working to achieve both of these goals is through inter-college collaboration. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts are all participating in aspects of the campus renovation. MCPHS has contributed $3 million to the campus center, which also serves its community. Students from other colleges will also reside in MassArt residence halls and use the new health center. These collaborative efforts will help to make the most of MassArt's investment in these projects while also enriching its students experience with a diversity of perspectives.

Transparency

In its current configuration, MassArt's campus appears closed off from its community. Once transformed, the campus will provide a more welcoming presence along Huntington and Longwood Avenues. A two-story glass curtain wall will border the sidewalk along Longwood, allowing passersby to see the activity inside the campus center. A new main entrance on Huntington Avenue, constructed in conjunction with renovations to the galleries and construction of the design and media center, will invite members of the community to engage with the college.

Fiscal responsibility

MassArt is taking a conservative approach to financing each of the campus construction projects. Funding for the transformation of campus is being provided through a carefully planned combination of resources.

Funding for the campus center is provided through tax-exempt revenue bonds, which account for $8.7 million in costs, as well as a $3 million contribution from MCPHS for the shared bookstore and dining facility. The new residence hall, the total investment for which is $59 million, will be financed entirely by tax-exempt revenue bonds. The design and media center will be funded with a $30 million contribution from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, part of the governor's higher education bond bill. Renovations to the Bakalar and Paine galleries will be funded primarily through philanthropic support.