The Middlesex Community College Bedford Campus was
split between a state-owner parcel and rental apace at the VA Hospital
approximately one-mile away. The problem for the Bedford Campus
Consolidation project was to develop a campus masterplan that was
acceptable to the local community, satisfactorilly addressed all
environmental concerns, and met the College's educational and
operational goals for a population equivalent to 1,200 full-time
students. The Commonwealth determined that the most expeditious
method to meet the College's pressing needs for a consolidated campus
was to execute the project's site and building work as a modular
construction contract. The designer's problem was how to turn the
existing haphazard campus into a completed, well-organized facility with
the image of a New England college.
The program for the campus consolidation required
approximately 104,000 net square feet of new building construction,
parking for 960 cars, and a new campus road system paralleling Springs
Road. The environmental issues for the project included crossing a
wetland, controlling drainage to wetlands, removal of hazardous
materials from an abandoned dump, and improving traffic safety along
Springs and Manning Roads.
The new building program for the campus was
subdivided into seven functional components: Student Support Center,
Academic Building, Central Administration, One Stop Student Services,
Student Union, Arts Building and Facilities Management Building.
The buildings were arranged to develop the new
Campus Green by using the existing Buildings 4,5 & 6 to form the
east end of the main campus space, placing the academic buildings along
the north side of the Green, and the administration and student services
building along the south side. The west end of the Green is left
open as the ceremonial entry to the campus.
The completed RFP design package included design
development drawings for the site work; floor plans for the buildings;
and the building image requirements. The completeness and
specificity of the RFP is designed to insure that the modular
construction responds properly to Middlesex Community College's need to
develop a coherent New England college campus that is well-suited to its
site and community.