Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield Technical Community College
Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons

Springfield Technical Community College is committed to providing equitable access to an affordable education for students of all ages and from all backgrounds. Previously, student services were difficult to find and scattered throughout the College campus, a barrier to the student experience. Our Student Learning Commons project brings all student services together in a 764-feet long building constructed in 1846 as a storehouse for the Springfield National Amory and listed on the National register of Historic Places.

Four hubs are created within the building – Library Learning Commons, Enrollment Center, Academic Advising Center, and a Student Life Center that includes a bookstore and offices for student clubs. Gathering and social spaces, previously nonexistent elsewhere on the campus, are threaded throughout the building, creating opportunities for intentional as well as chance encounter for the entire College community.

The brick masonry building envelope is restored and new windows installed throughout. The original wood truss structure is left exposed on the interior, with a glass storefront system used for interior partitioning.  The site is redesigned to create new green space and to connect with surrounding campus buildings.

Springfield Technical Community College
Completed 2019, LEED Silver
Project Size
Adaptive Reuse | 100,000 GSF
Campus Center, Library, Meeting, Seminar, Offices
AIA New England, Citation Award
BSA, Higher Education Facilities Design Honor Award
SCUP, Excellence in Architecture Honorable Mention
SCUP, Excellence in Planning Honor Award
Preservation Massachusetts, Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award
Building Design + Construction, Reconstruction Award
“This unique and historic building preserves the character of the original structure and will serve our students for many years to come. By organizing offices and student services together, we remove barriers and usher in a new approach to student success. We are very excited about this change, and there is no doubt that the Learning Commons will have a positive impact on every student enrolled at STCC.”
— John B. Cook, President, Springfield Technical Community College

Our Process

Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Philip Chen AIA, Robert Carroll AIA, Jackie Flanigan AIA, Ric Panciera AIA, Rita Terjeki AIA, George Faber, Ian Ford (ABA/Annum); Altieri (MEP); RSE (Structural); Nitsch Engineering (Civil); The Green Engineer (Sustainability); Jensen Hughes (Code); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); IBI (Landscape); Public Archaeology Laboratory (Archaeology); Jaffe Holden (Acoustics); Structures North (Wood Framing); Preservation Technology Associates (Masonry); BVH (AV); Chuck Choi (Photography)