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Firm Overview and Experience Jones Architecture is a service-oriented practice with a broad portfolio of services, particular experience in higher education, and niches in academic libraries, learning environments, labs, and the design of workplaces. We believe in the power of collaboration across disciplines and seek opportunities to work with our clients in new and inventive ways. We are experienced with programming, planning, design, construction administration and associated project management; every aspect of shaping the physical environment. We pride ourselves on the ability to scale our services to meet the needs of our clients. We excel at building client relationships and being a nimble design partner across a range of projects, from house doctor work valued up to $3M to major renovations, additions, and new construction valued at $45M. WHO WE ARE We are a team of professionals focused on supporting our clients in the broadest sense as they seek to shape their environment.

WHAT WE DO Our design is responsive to context, defined in both generic and specific terms. It may include environmental, societal, cultural, architectural, and historical aspects, or any combination thereof. Design need not imitate any given context, but must recognize and respond to it. Of these potential contexts, we believe first and foremost that it is our ethical obligation to create solutions that leave the lightest possible imprint on the environment. At the same time, our designs must be embraced by their users in order to be successful and fully utilized. By carefully integrating site, program, systems, use patterns, operations and maintenance, and building design we achieve solutions that balance environmental responsibility, resources, and performance with occupant comfort and well-being. We believe that design is arrived at through consensus building. On the owner side, it is rare that we are involved with a project where a broad and varied stakeholder group is not represented. On the design team side, we collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team, drawing together experts to respond to the specific needs of the project at hand. Our central role in a project is the orchestration of this process; we are the leaders of this consensus building exercise. We manage the complexity of this process, addressing the aspirations of individual stakeholders, while ensuring that the holistic vision of the project is retained.




Boston Trinity Academy Bradford Christian Academy Boston College Boston University Cape Cod Community College Dartmouth College Endicott College Harvard University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massasoit Community College New Hampshire Institute of Art New Hampton School Northeastern University Norwich University Olin College of Engineering Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Salem State University Tufts University University of Massachusetts – Amherst University of Massachusetts – Boston University of Massachusetts – Lowell University of Vermont Wheaton College Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester State University

Acella Construction Animal Rescue League of Boston Bodron + Fruit, Inc. BVH Integrated Services City of Boston City of Salem, MA Consigli Construction Crowley Cottrell Dan Hisel Architect edX Corporation 42Apex Fast Forward Foley & Lardner LLP Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA Lynn Shelter Association Massachusetts DCAMM MIT Federal Credit Union Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP North Shore Community Development Coalition Raw Art Works Salem Renewal, LLC Seger Architects St. Jude Medical, Inc. TD Garden Tocci Building Companies Windover Construction Zero Degrees Inc.


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The Classroom


The Library


Campus Planning


The Laboratory


Offices & Student Life




The Classroom Learning Environments Learning environments are some of the most rapidly changing spaces on college and university campuses. The rise of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning has fostered a host of changes to departmental structures, institutional policies, educational pedagogy, research funding, and student life. We believe good learning environments are shaped by the activities that they contain, and space planning and design strategies are evolving in response to these changes. Jones Architecture regularly invests our time and intellect to researching, distilling and applying trends in learning environments and changing pedagogical models. As teaching and learning approaches evolve, we work with our clients to align and anticipate future needs in the architecture, systems, furniture, AV, technology, finishes, and other aspects of the environment. TRENDS IN LEARNING Some of the trends that we see in learning include: Increased competition, increased expectations. Competition for potential students is high. Institutions must respond to expectations to remain vital – and stay ahead of the competition. Support a broad range of learning styles. Students thrive as individuals, in pairs, structured groups, or via social learning. Find ways to support them in each venue. Support a broad range of teaching styles. Faculty delivers content in traditional face-forward “sage on the stage” modalities, as well as “guide on the side” collaborative work models, and MOOCs. Provide a diverse portfolio. Learning environments of various sizes and modalities are critical to an institution’s versatility and futureproofing. Combine service and learning. Students and parents expect support in parallel with education; functions such as tutoring, writing skills, speaking, guidance, and counseling can coexist with learning.


Be interdisciplinary. Research grants and the 21st century work environment are all pointed toward careers that span disciplines. Find learning spaces everywhere. As technology becomes more portable students take learning with them wherever they go. Entire campuses, interior and exterior, are opportunities for learning spaces. Seek program consolidation. When institutions face space and budget constraints, look to creatively consolidate functions. Not only is this a wise use of resources, but it offers potentially unanticipated synergies which can support broadened thinking and innovation. Learning by doing. Students engage in exploring topics both individually and collaboratively through making. This can manifest in studio classrooms, maker spaces, and design studios. Hum and squeak. Oversaturation with technology in the classroom has resulted in a yearning for more low-tech approaches to group work. The squeak of the marker board and hum of conversation is displacing the clatter of the keyboard. Following, please find a sampling of some learning environment typologies we see with our clients.



Lecture Hall & Case Study

Team-Based Learning

These traditional layouts accommodate a large number of students, from case study rooms of 50 people to lecture halls of 400 or more. Often designed as tiered spaces with fixed seating, they primarily support faceforward learning, although the smaller case study room is predicated on a discussion and debate format.

Team-based learning has increased to better prepare students for similar scenarios when they join the workforce. Students typically work together at tables with loose seats, supported by distributed technology. In some scenarios these spaces can be intentionally lowtech, focusing energy on white boards, physical models, and interaction. In others, they rely on flat screens, projection, and ease of laptop access for all students.





Simulation Labs

The explosion of media resources and online learning has spawned new types of classrooms with technologies appropriate to support these endeavors. Faculty use studios to create online course modules, either to augment the traditional classroom, or for dedicated MOOCs. Students use studios, media centers, and other resources to augment traditional text-based material.

We see an increase in studio spaces and war rooms to support digital learning/technologies and real-world applications. Studio spaces are flexible and can be used for classroom, film viewing, recording, photography, and events. They are often open to larger collaborative work areas. War rooms are team-based simulation labs designed for teams of 6-12 students competing against one another.




Learning Commons

Break Out Space

Learning commons are a blend of social spaces, individual and group collaboration environments, and more formal classrooms. They are supported by a range of furniture and technology to accommodate multiple student needs. These spaces can be hubs of activity and build culture and community on campus.

Accessory to classroom or faculty office suites, break out spaces support pre-/post- classroom activities or office hours. They can be open to corridors or primary space and provide focused collaboration opportunities, or they can be an enclosed room, scheduled through online software.


Harvard Hall Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

VITALS: Client: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University. Location: Cambridge, MA. Cost: Confidential. Completed: Fall 2016 (pilot); 2019. Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Sam Clement.

Jones Architecture was hired by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to consult on learning environments and guide the effort to re-think the typical classroom. Through a series of brainstorming sessions with a committee of faculty, administration, and information technology staff, a goal for the classroom was developed and implemented in Harvard Hall room 202. Contrary to expectations about what is necessary to facilitate change in classrooms, the design committee agreed that a low tech rather than high tech approach would do best to support new modes of learning and teaching for all faculty who have varying levels of experience. The classroom is equipped with mobile tables and chairs, re-configurable for any teaching mode, ample power for lap-tops and devices, and an abundance of writable surfaces on available wall space and mobile easels. As a “pilot” classroom we are excited to see how this design is modified using feedback from faculty as it is implemented in other classrooms across campus. In early 2018, Jones Architecture was asked back to Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences to develop solutions for the remaining four classrooms in Harvard Hall. Initial conversations have focused on the lessons learned from this pilot classroom—what has worked? what could have been done differently? etc. We are currently working with Harvard FAS to renovate the remainder of the interior at Harvard Hall to update all learning environments.



College of Professional Schools: Mack Hall Norwich University, Northfield, VT

VITALS: Client: Norwich University. Location: Northfield, VT. Cost: $18.6M. Completed: 2018. Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices; working with Efficiency Vermont to achieve incentives. Team: Rick Jones, Marc Perras, Greg Burchard, Dan Ollila, Christian Strom, Sarah Tarbet. Collaborating Firm: Freeman French Freeman, Architects.

A result of the master planning Jones Architecture completed for Norwich University, Mack Hall is a new building that houses classrooms, an auditorium, case study rooms, student spaces, and administrative spaces for the School of Business and Management and Norwich’s Computer Security and Information Assurance (CSIA) program. The building sits north of North Hall, creating a shared courtyard and is scaled to a similar width in order to take advantage of passive heating and cooling as well as natural daylighting. Mack Hall was designed to elevate the University's current general use classroom portfolio and add specialty learning spaces which do not currently exist on campus. General use classrooms were conceptualized in two categories, lecture style and active learning, to facilitate different modes of teaching and allow for maximum flexibility. Several new teaching space types to the University are housed within Mack Hall as well, including a multifunctional auditorium/theater, case study rooms, cyber warfare simulation lab, cyber forensics computer labs, and a mobile device forensics lab. Large open spaces within are given over to student gathering space for functions or everyday study, utilizing both digital media and whiteboards to facilitate open collaboration. The exterior material palette picks up on those commonly used on campus including red brick and granite, but are used in innovative ways to express the forward thinking of this project.



College of Professional Schools: North Hall Norwich University, Northfield, VT

VITALS: Client: Norwich University. Location: Northfield, VT. Cost: $8.6M (budget). Completed: Winter 2019 (target). Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? LEED Silver (campus standard target). Team: Rick Jones, Marc Perras, Dan Ollila, Christian Strom, Sarah Tarbet. Collaborating Firm: Freeman French Freeman, Architects.


With an interior dating to the 1950s, North Hall sorely needed an overhaul that would bring the building up to date and accommodate new modes of teaching. Because North Hall is structurally sound, our approach is to keep as much of the existing structure as possible intact, repurposing the space for classrooms and seminar rooms that fit well with the existing geometry. New interior finishes, refined circulation, and the addition of technology will allow the space to function effectively but efficiently.

Existing Building

In Construction


Team-Based Studio Classroom and Fabrication Center Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA

VITALS: Client: Olin College of Engineering. Location: Needham, MA. Cost: Confidential. Completed: Fall 2016 (study); Fall 2018 (target). Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Documents. How Green? Best practices. Team: Rick Jones, Greg Burchard, Selena Obelinas.


Olin College of Engineering is an undergraduate engineering institution focused on innovative approaches to engineering education. Jones Architecture was hired to guide the effort to re-think the typical classroom and explore new team-based learning approaches to support their studio classroom model. Through a series of brainstorming sessions with Olin’s representatives, the new classroom was envisioned to provide collaborative studio space, high flexibility, transparency and openness, and to facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges and learning. Second, the existing machine shop in the ground floor of the Academic Center is being rethought as a more integrated studio-shop experience. Rather than learn the principle in studio, then take the shop segment separately, the concept is to fold these two pedagogical endeavors together as a single activity, allowing one to flow into the other on an as-needed basis.


School of Social Work and International Programs/Temple Shalom Adaptive Reuse Salem State University, Salem, MA

VITALS: Client: Salem State University. Location: Salem, MA. Cost: $2.5M. Completed: 2015. Scope: Programming, Schematic Design; advisory role for Design Development through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: Š William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Sam Clement. Collaborating Firms: Seger Architects & Salem Renewal LLC.


Jones Architecture was approached by the Architect-of-Record, Seger Architects, and the developer, Salem Renewal LLC, to assist with the adaptive reuse of an existing synagogue several blocks from Salem State University. The project converted the synagogue to the home of the School of Social Work and International Programs for SSU. Seger Architects is steeped in historic preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, but did not have the familiarity with planning and design for higher education that Jones Architecture could bring to the table. We worked with all parties through the programming and schematic design phase to establish the program, room criteria sheets, critical adjacencies, planning and design strategies, and learning space furniture layouts. Seger Architects and Salem Renewal then carried the project through to completion, with occasional input from Jones Architecture throughout the process.


“Rick and his team brought in-depth knowledge of pedagogical trends and needs. By utilizing input from our tenant, Salem State University, Jones Architecture was able to develop multiple floor plan options based on their analysis of the programming requirements of the university. With Jones’ guidance, we were able to successfully develop a 20,000 square foot higher education facility within the confines of an existing structure. Most importantly, the tenant is highly satisfied with the functionality of the spaces created.” David A. Pabich, P.E., Manager, Salem Renewal LLC


Portfolio - The Classroom

College of Arts, Media, and Design

Dodge Hall

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA Completed: 2013-2015 Program: Updated high impact areas (lobby, classrooms, conference; consolidated administrative/office suite) and improved the overall functionality of spaces; encouraged more collaboration.

Boston, MA Completed: 2014 Program: Open, flexible, technology-rich classroom to support active learning for the D'Amore-McKim School of Business.

E51 Classroom Renovations

Music and Theater Arts Renovation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA Completed: Phase 1 (July 2017); Phase 2 (January 2018) Program: New finishes, refinished millwork, substantial technology upgrades; and improved seating layouts for four case study classrooms utilized primarily by the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Cambridge, MA Completed: 2015 Program: General practice rooms; piano lab; acoustically isolated piano room; instrument storage; electronic music studios; studio for music technology; faculty offices; and music instruction classrooms.


College of Liberal Arts: Dewey Hall

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Norwich University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Northfield, VT Completed: Fall 2019 (target) Program: Interior reprogramming to improve circulation and access, and align with changing pedagogy; exterior renovations to restore the architectural character appropriate to its prominent site.

Cambridge, MA Completed: 2019 Program: Renovation of an existing tiered classroom to improve space utilization, replace dated technology, and update finishes.


The Library Academic Library Database Our academic library database encompasses over 85 institutions and includes general contextual information, programming information, and detailed seat count and type analysis. We bring this data to bear on the design and planning recommendations that we make for our current library clients by identifying their peer group and drawing comparisons. Each institution is of course unique, so we use this peer group assessment as a benchmarking tool and a way to ask questions about why/how/what our client may need. We find that our balanced approach, in which we bolster anecdotal information and observations with empirical evidence and analysis of peer institutions, resonates with our higher education clients from librarians, to trustees, to administrators, to faculty and students. Approximately half of the libraries in our database date from the last decade, and the balance from before that time. This 10-year window gives us a good inflection point that we use to understand current and established trends in library design and planning, as compared to older projects. Although concentrated in New England, the spectrum of academic libraries that we survey spans the country. People. Our survey spans a wide range of scales, from small liberal arts colleges to major land grant universities. The undergraduate FTE population of these campuses ranges from 1,500 to over 40,000, with an average around 6,000. Culture. Our survey includes small liberal arts colleges, private schools, public schools, major land grant universities, and military institutions. Each institution has a specific character and sense of place, and it is this rich diversity that can support the vast spectrum of student personalities that populate the American academic landscape. This cultural diversity can drive differentiation and unique conditions within the library that are best captured anecdotally. This is precisely why our methodology is to visit each campus in person so we can witness these conditions firsthand. Quantity. A critical benchmark for guiding our design process, we survey the total seat count in the library and evaluate that against the undergraduate FTE population.


Quality. Perhaps more important than simple quantity, the blend of seat types is critical. For example, five hundred seats, 80% of which are study carrels, create a particular character for the library. To that end, we track seven seat types—carrels, desks, work stations, soft seating, open table, group study, and instruction. Shifts in this blend have occurred over the past 20 years. Trends toward more group study, soft seating, and instruction space have emerged, moving away from carrels, desks, and workstations. Open table study (the classic “reading room” environment) remains a persistent model. Strategic Partnerships. As libraries have evolved over the past decade, they have forged new alliances and partnerships on campus. Collections, periodicals, microfilm, and microfiche are increasingly available digitally, which opens up floor space for seating, collaborative work areas, and new “tenants.” In the past decade, the programmatic diversity has exploded and these partner programs lend added vitality to the library, create opportunities for new synergies, and increase the gate count. However, it is important to remember that libraries are not student centers, and we need to be aware of this balance. They are serious places of research and learning. Research and learning can be open, loud, and collaborative, but it cannot all be that way. Quiet (or silent!) spaces persist for good reason.

Peer Research Available Seats as a % of FTE

Peer Research Seat Type - Peers

Peer Research Seat Type - Norwich 2013





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Demonstration of total available seats as a percentage of FTE student population, identifying the institution’s deficit.




NU’s combined carrel and desk number is almost twice that of the peer group

COMMUTER SCHOOLS NU / Kreitzberg Library Renovations / 2013.06.14






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NU / Kreitzberg Library Renovations / 2013.06.14

Our NU tally includes the current “electronic classroom” in this number

NU / Kreitzberg Library Renovations / 2013.06.14

Seat type blend of peer institutions as a percentage—carrels, desks, work stations, soft seating, open table, group study, and instruction.

Existing seat type blend compared to peer group shows much heavier carrel + desk allocation than more current peer group examples.

+83% For December of the first year post renovation, which includes the exam period, the gate count was up 83% when compared to the same month in the previous year.

“The best indicator of the success of the project is that use of the library and instruction rooms has increased dramatically. The Norwich community thoroughly enjoys the library’s new 'feel' as one of vibrancy and energy in a respectful manner. Norwich University is thrilled with the transformation of our library and most appreciative of Jones Architecture’s critical role.” David Magida, CAO, Norwich University




Digital Scholarship


With the increase in media modes of communication, libraries are becoming the place to help students explore, learn, and produce digital content to tell a story through different modes such as digital media, models, song, video, fabricated objects, etc.—rather than through text alone. After all, the rest of the University supports text! Faculty is also producing content for MOOCs.

Makerspaces have taken on many forms and are not just space and equipment. They must be creatively programmed and appropriately staffed. The best makerspaces offer layers of access—visibility from corridor to activity within; a tinkering table that allows for drop-in, low commitment play for anyone; and deeper, more time consuming fabrication accessible to more experienced users.





Social Spaces

Classrooms are increasingly finding their way into libraries. These versatile spaces accommodate shifts from dialogic to didactic pedagogical modes, and can function as open study space, event venues, or collaborative work environments when not in use as a classroom. Faculty and students alike enjoy access during the extended hours of operation of the library, which is in contrast to traditional classroom building hours. They are also heavily used by library staff for training purposes and for testing new technologies.

We know that learning happens everywhere and spaces that promote social interaction strengthen student relationships and sense of community, while facilitating collaboration and the exchange of ideas. As such, we see cafes, lounges, laptop bars, and other in-between spaces as essential to libraries.


Kreitzberg Library Norwich University, Northfield, VT

VITALS: Client: Norwich University. Location: Northfield, VT. Cost: $5.5M. Completed: 2015. Scope: Study, Schematic Design, Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: Š William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Sandra Venus, Matt Rowan, Christian Strom, Sam Clement, Rebecca Whidden; Landscape Architect: Crowley Cottrell.


After completing studies looking at targeted aspects of Kreitzberg Library in 2011 and 2012, Jones Architecture was hired for the redesign of the library at large. The existing library was designed in 1991. Some library partners have outgrown their spaces and the general library space has seen a contraction of the physical collection and lower utilization of individual study carrels. Our holistic reconsideration of how these partners work with one another and the library at large resulted in a renovation which embodies the shift toward more collaborative learning environments, solves current and projected programming needs for the many partners and resources housed in the library, and improves user circulation throughout the building. A centralized and consolidated service point supports the evolving library administration. An addition to the original building provides lounge areas and a cafĂŠ, which help transform the library into a new gathering and social hub on campus.

TESTIMONIAL: “The best indicator of the success of the project is that use of the library and instruction rooms has increased dramatically. The Norwich community thoroughly enjoys the library’s new ‘feel’ as one of vibrancy and energy in a respectful manner. Norwich University is thrilled with the transformation of our library and most appreciative of Jones Architecture’s critical role.” David Magida, CAO, Norwich University


Jones Media Center Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

VITALS: Client: Dartmouth College. Location: Hanover, NH. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2013 (study); 2015. Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Sam Clement, Jad Ismail.


Located within the Baker Berry Library, the Jones Media Center supports the instruction and research needs of Dartmouth’s faculty, students, and staff in the form of facilities, collections and expertise for researching, viewing and producing a wide range of media. Constructed a decade ago, the current space had become outdated and Media Center staff were eager to deaccession parts of the collection that had low utilization rates in order to open up valuable floor area for new and more flexible uses. Our programming study, which proposed spaces that can change to address new functional needs—such as accommodating a range of teaching and learning styles, workstations that serve pairs of students working collaboratively, large screen displays, audio and video capture, and enhanced demonstration and instruction areas—is fulfilled in the renovation.

TESTIMONIAL: “Rick Jones and his team understood from the start what we were trying to achieve and how we wanted to serve our population of students, faculty and staff as a modern campus media center. [They]… listened, worked with us while our priorities shifted, embraced our ambitions, and ultimately helped to bring a cacophony of voices and ideas into a single focused vision.” Anthony Helm, Head of Digital Media and Library Technology, Dartmouth College Library


John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute Library Northeastern University, Boston, MA

VITALS: Client: Northeastern University. Location: Boston, MA. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2015. Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Dan Ollila, Courtney Newhouse.


Northeastern University’s African-American Institute Library provides resources for students, alumni, faculty, and the surrounding community to support study and research into the essence of the African-American experience. Jones Architecture renovated the library to refresh the environment and achieve a more welcoming space for quiet study and research while also allowing for flexibility to accommodate group work, lectures, films, and other programs with a larger number of participants. Spaces include reception, open study and research which can be used for events, small study/research nooks, counseling/tutoring rooms, small group study space, media collaboration space, and special collections and archives. To make space for these new functions, the Institute deaccessioned some material to off-site locations and moved other material to the main Snell Library.

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DartmouthX Teaching Theater Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

VITALS: Client: Dartmouth College. Location: Hanover, NH. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2016. Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Sam Clement, Jad Ismail.


EdX is a non-profit online initiative founded by Harvard University and MIT focused on broadening access to high quality education and advancing teaching and learning through research. EdX achieves this mission as an online learning destination and massive online open courseware (MOOC) provider. Jones Architecture renovated an existing computer classroom to accommodate Dartmouth College’s EdX offering, “DartmouthX.” Embedded within the Jones Media Center, DartmouthX strives to generally expand access to learning, also seeking to engage Dartmouth lifelong learners and advance and enhance teaching and learning through research, experimentation and collaboration. The new recording studio and accompanying control room is designed as a resource for faculty to use in recording and distributing online course modules.

TESTIMONIAL: “Dartmouth’s collaboration with Jones Architecture was a model renovation project from start to finish. Jones was able to hear our needs and ideas for the space and translate them into concrete designs that enabled us to actually budget and build a media production studio that is both versatile and state-of-the-art.” R. Michael Murray, Associate Director Media Production Group, Information Technology Services


Larner Learning Commons University of Vermont Medical School, Burlington, VT

VITALS: Client: University of Vermont. Location: Burlington, VT. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2017. Scope: Programming, Planning, Schematic Design. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: Š Mark Bayer. Team: Rick Jones. Library Consultant & Design Architect: Jones Architecture, Inc. Architect-of-Record: Freeman French Freeman, Architects.


Jones Architecture was hired as a consultant to Freeman French Freeman, Architects to provide programming, planning, and schematic design services for this major renovation to the medical school library at the University of Vermont. Situated between the medical school and the hospital, this library serves a wide range of patrons: doctors, nurses, medical school students, college of nursing and health sciences students, staff, and administration. In response to the success of a recent renovation to create a team-based learning (TBL) classroom in the existing Dana Medical Library, and to incorporate other new partners, the space is re-conceived as the Larner Learning Commons. Constituents within the Commons include the Dana Medical Library, the Larner TBL Classroom, the Educational Technology Group (production studio, help desk, IT support), and the Teaching Academy.

Programming Study Options (right and below)


Gordon Nash Library & Academic Research Center Master Plan New Hampston School, New Hampton, NH

VITALS: Client: New Hampton School. Location: New Hampton, NH. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2019. Scope: Planning Studies. How Green? Best practices. Team: Rick Jones, Mary Gillis, Silvia Colpani.

New Hampton School is an independent, college preparatory school for boarding and day students, grades 9-12 and postgraduate. Jones Architecture was asked to conduct a programming study to explore opportunities to breathe new life into the Gordon Nash Library ("GNL") by injecting program, functions, and the culture of the New Hampton School. Similarly, potential new programs for innovation, entrepreneurship, and making could fundamentally reshape the Academic Research Center’s ("ARC") role on campus. The scope of work includes a programming process with a core team including New Hampton School leadership and librarians, GNL board representation, New Hampton School facilities team, and other key participants. During this process, we developed a matrix of existing program (space type, size, quantity, etc.) and a comparison with a future, speculative proposed program that aligns future growth and program needs. The deliverables for this phase are preferred solutions as plan and section diagrams, a rough order of magnitude cost estimate, phasing and logistics options in diagram form, and renderings representative of the potential solutions that can be used for fundraising purposes.



Campus Planning We make precincts, buildings, and floor plates more functional with optimized adjacencies and pathways. Regardless of the scope or scale, planning efforts often represent an opportunity for transformation and can fundamentally change the day-to-day life of the students, faculty, administration, and staff.

Planning Campus Master Planning. In the last 10 years there has been a dramatic increase in institutions looking more critically at their existing space and whether it meets the ever evolving current and future needs of its campus constituents. As such, we work with institutions to carefully evaluate their existing building stock and align its highest and best use to meet those changing demands. Learning environments are some of the most rapidly changing spaces on college and university campuses. The rise of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning has fostered a host of changes to departmental structures, institutional policies, educational pedagogy, research funding, and student life. We believe good learning environments are shaped by the activities that they contain, and space planning and design strategies are evolving in response to these changes. A connected campus is more and more important to counter the downside of the digital world, layering in physical spaces and pathways that promote connection and recharging, and that provide access, appropriate adjacencies, and cross-pollination with the local community to build a stronger sense of identify, social fabric, and shared experiences. Our campus master planning experience includes: Norwich University (Northfield, VT); New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester, NH); and Boston Trinity Academy (Boston, MA); in addition to Olin College of Engineering (Needham, MA) and UMass-Lowell (while at Perry Dean Rogers|Partners Architects). Planning Diagram: New Hampshire Institute of Art


Assessments. For Northeastern University we have been supporting their planning group since 2012 with over 200 planning assessments each fall as they look toward “summer slammer” projects the following year. This process typically involves interviews with client stakeholders, review of existing conditions, a series of sketch solutions, architectural and MEP/FP narratives (and others—structural, AV/IT, etc. as appropriate to the scope of work), and a conceptual cost estimate. These assessments form the basis for decision-making on priorities for the following year’s design and construction projects. At a much larger scale, at Tufts University, we were brought in under our house doctor contract to work with Tufts Technology Services on a reorganization plan. In response to a structural reorganization of how they deliver service, we evaluated this 240-person organization, spread across three campuses and multiple buildings.

House Doctor Contracts This is common parlance in our industry, referring to a consultant who is on-call to assist an institution, often under a master or term contract agreement. Projects may be planning or design and construction. They are generally smaller, but not exclusively so. They may be simple or complex. More traditional house doctor delivery encompasses small design and construction projects less than $3M in construction value. Not dissimilar from larger design and construction processes, these move through the design phases, documentation, bidding, and construction observation. They are generally fast construction processes (summers and break periods), have leaner budgets, and are very intense. Quick response from our

team and a collaborative working spirit with the owner and contractor is instrumental to meeting aggressive schedules and budgets for these small projects, but that is not at the expense of thoughtfulness, care, and attention to current trends in learning and campus design. We are currently working in this capacity with Cape Cod Community College, Massasoit Community College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Salem State University, UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, Northern Essex Community College, and TD Garden. We value our role on these campuses because we value the relationship with the people and places. The fact that we are asked back to campus again and again is testament to the fact that these institutions value the relationship with us and the service and design expertise that we provide.

Scope of House Doctor Work: Northeastern University


Master Plan New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH

VITALS: Client: New Hampshire Institute of Art. Location: Manchester, NH. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2018. Scope: Master Plan. How Green? Best practices. Team: Rick Jones, Greg Burchard, Sarah Tarbet. Landscape Architect: Crowley Cottrell.


Established in 1898, the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is the oldest and largest arts college in New Hampshire. Jones Architecture developed a campus master plan to guide future development of their Manchester, NH campus over the next ten years. Goals for the plan included: • Connect a physically fractured and dispersed campus; • Build upon the strong sense of community; • Seek greater diversity; • Create a stronger sense of identity; • Become more welcoming; • Better leverage existing spaces, be more adaptable; • Provide hang out spaces and amenities; • Cultivate a stronger relationship with Manchester; • Embrace the old and new in harmony; and • Provide sustainable solutions. Four major projects have been identified as part of the long-term campus master plan workshops. • A new residence hall, dining hall, and student life complex. • Renovation and expansion of French Hall to restore the auditorium and balcony and add a new wing to create more studio and teaching space. • Redesigning or eliminating Hartnett Parking Lot between Victory Park and Lowell Hall to create a new plaza or park “quad.” • Connect Fuller Hall to the adjacent Manchester Historic Association building to house additional studio, library, and student study spaces as well as a small café.


“Rick and his entire team were a joy to work with on our recent campus master planning project. They brought fresh ideas and a wealth of experience from working with their other clients that challenged us to think differently about the problems we were trying to solve and ultimately resulted in a much more imaginative and inspiring plan." Kent Devereaux, President & Chief Academic Officer, New Hampshire Institute of Art


Miscellaneous Upgrade Projects TD Garden, Boston, MA

VITALS: Client: TD Garden. Location: Boston, MA. Cost: $3M+. Completed: 10/2017 (Glass Rail Replacement); 10/2017 (Alumni Room); 11/2017 (Employee Entrance/Loading Dock Renovation); 12/2017 (HR Suite). Scope: Planning Studies, Programming through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Dan Ollila, Christian Strom.


TD Garden was built in 1995 to replace the aging Boston Garden. Jones Architecture has been supporting the owner with several facilities upgrades to improve back-of house operations and enhance the overall customer experience and safety. Priority projects include: •

Glass Rail Replacement (approx. 2,000 LF): This project consisted of an arenawide replacement of steel and glass guard rails from the original construction in 1995. In an effort to improve sight lines and simplify maintenance, frameless glass guards were installed into existing precast panels with an aluminum shoe assembly, making for quick replacement of broken panels.

Alumni Room (1,000 GSF): The Alumni Room is an area on the Press Level of the TD Garden, which is primarily used by the Boston Bruins during games. This project was a general refresh of the finishes, furniture, and lighting to bring the space up-to-date with other suites on the lower levels of the arena.

Employee Entrance/Loading Dock Renovation (10,000 GSF): This renovation to the TD Garden employee and media entrance sought to untangle the convoluted circulation paths that both employees, media members, and special guests to the arena share. The entrance serves multiple groups, all of which require screening and clearance to access the back-of-house spaces that the general audience does not see. This area of the building is also the heart of its receiving and load-in space, making its unencumbered operation vital to the success of everyday events.

HR Suite (1,200 GSF): This project reconfigures existing office space to maximize occupancy for the TDG Human Resources Staff; the update includes a general refresh of the finishes, furniture, and lighting.


“Jones Architecture has become a trusted partner at TD Garden. They are detailed, thoughtful, and timely in their responses. Jones Architecture did an amazing job of meeting with key stakeholders inside and outside of TD Garden to understand our unique and constantly evolving needs. This proactive approach and willingness to learn ‘our business’ enabled them to execute a significant renovation under substantial logistical and schedule challenges. We look forward to working with their team again in the near future.” Andrew MacFadyen, Director of Operations, TD Garden


Master Plan & Priority Projects Boston Trinity Academy, Boston, MA

VITALS: Client: Boston Trinity Academy. Location: Boston, MA. Cost: $7-$18M (phased). Completed: 2015 (Master Plan); Summer 2019 (target). Scope: Study, Programming, Schematic Design. How Green? Best practices. Team: Rick Jones, Christian Strom, Jad Ismail, Sandra Venus; Richard Burck Associates.


With aging facilities, changing programmatic needs, and the desire to grow enrollment, this private, coed middle and upper school (grades 6-12) focused on educating young people to live a life marked by intellectual growth, dynamic faith and dedicated service, engaged Jones Architecture in the development of a master plan to envision its future. The plan proposes the renovation of the library, administrative and faculty offices, and classrooms. It also includes a new chapel, a gathering and entry lobby space coined “Main Street,� and a gymnasium and supporting recreation space. We have completed schematic design and fund-raising materials for near-term priority projects outlined in the master plan. Full design development and implementation is anticipated to be phased, contingent upon fundraising.


“…Rick Jones and Jones Architecture... have served us both by listening attentively to our needs as well as by suggesting innovative new ideas and concepts. Rick Jones is our architect now and for the future because of his company’s responsiveness and expertise. I would enthusiastically and without reservation recommend them to any institution big or small in need of architectural solutions.” Frank Guerra, Headmaster, Boston Trinity Academy


Portfolio - Campus Planning

Multiple Planning Studies & Renovations/On-Call House Doctor

Multiple Planning Studies & Renovations/On-Call House Doctor

Northeastern University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Boston, MA Completed: 2012-ongoing Program: 200+ planning assessments and 100+ design and construction projects across multiple buildings varying in age and use.

Multiple Projects/On-Call House Doctor

Tufts University Medford, MA Completed: 2015-ongoing Program: Project types have included audiology and testing labs, and a comprehensive planning study for the Tufts Technology Services (“TTS”) Group, encompassing some 250 personnel, 9 directorates, and 8 buildings on three campuses. 46

Cambridge, MA Completed: 2013-ongoing Program: 50+ small projects in over 20 buildings across campus varying in age and use.

Multiple Planning Studies & Renovations/On-Call House Doctor

Massasoit Community College Brockton & Canton, MA Completed: 2015-ongoing Program: Projects include the conversion of an existing IT space/computer classroom to a Veterinary Technology Clinic; the conversion of a large classroom to a Materials Testing Lab; the renovation of a 1970’s dining hall; and a site accessibility study.

Multiple Planning Studies, Renovations, New Construction/Ongoing Relationship

Multiple Planning Studies & Renovations/On-Call House Doctor

Norwich University

Cape Cod Community College

Northfield, VT Completed: 2011-ongoing Program: The master planning effort that followed a robust programming process led to renovations of three existing buildings (Ainsworth, Dewey, and North Halls) and the addition of a new building (Mack Hall).

West Barnstable, MA Completed: 2017-ongoing Program: Projects include a study to resize and replace the original chiller in the Wilkens Library; a study to investigate water infiltration issues at the Lorusso Applied Technology Building; and a site accessibility study. uml - campus master plan study - dcam uml0801 st1 v2b.01 introduction LOWELL, MA



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Salem State University Salem, MA Completed: 2017-ongoing Program: Several studies to evaluate options and prioritize projects including campus steam infrastructure, Meier Hall roof and wet labs, Alumni Field, dining hall remediation, among others.

Campus Master Plan

UMass Lowell Lowell, MA Completed: 2010 (Greg Burchard was the PM and Rick Jones was the Sustainability Director for this project while at Perry Dean Rogers|Partners Architects) Program: The Plan proposed modernizing facilities in response to changing pedagogies, demands for research space, desired energy efficiencies, and more community.


The Laboratory Spaces for Research & Discovery Lab Space is as varied as the human personality, every client or research group is looking for their space to perform a task whether it is more generic like fabrication space or shared wet lab space or highly specific like flight cages for drone R&D or laser deposition equipment. Each typology requires a uniquely tailored set of spatial requirements, sequence of operations, and equipment considerations to be successful. Meeting these parameters requires listening more than speaking—and careful collaboration with clients, research groups, equipment suppliers and specialists, and industry leading consultant teams. Our role is managing and balancing all of these experts to arrive at a coherent and effective solution.

OUR APPROACH Team Building. Thoughtful selection of collaborators— MEPFP, process engineers, and specialty lab planning consultants—is key for finding the right team to fit the specific need of the lab. For example, while working on a Cold Spray Lab, protocols for handling combustible dust had to be set in place to avoid fire protection equipment which would have required the design team to double the footprint of the lab. Rather than default to an oversized and costly fire protection solution, we were able to bring in an expert life safety consultant to design safe-handling procedures to limit the exposure of combustibles and “right-size” the protectives to the specific operations that our client needed. Research & Inform. Diligent research and information gathering on the specifics of the lab environment and the technical and spatial requirement is critical to a successful project. When engaged to work on a UAS (Drone) Lab, the research required everything from a 2,500 SF, 20-foot tall Faraday Cage / Anechoic Chamber to a 30K SF, 60-foot tall outdoor flight cage. We worked with the equipment suppliers to understand base building modifications to support the structure of the chamber and how typical building systems (sprinklers, lighting, ventilation) can interface with a high performance environment. 48

No “One Size Fit.” Laboratory space should be tailored to suit the university or research group based on their specific needs and methodology and every group has a different mission and approach. In designing shared lab space for the Venture Creation Center we learned that the wet lab space needed to function for multiple startup companies. Many of the prospective companies would be using the space for indefinite periods of time and the typical startup is in need of affordable lease space, so the investment in the lab space needed to fit the leasees. To meet these needs the lab benching was sourced locally and standard sizes where used to make simple benchtop space. Exposed plumbing was neatly racked with unistrut in between lab benching to build upon a simple, industrial aesthetic.

OUR LAB TYPES Wet Labs • Battery Lab • Lyophilizer Lab • Molecular Lab • Venture Creation Center (Incubator) Fabrication and Testing Labs • Advanced Manufacturing Lab • Cold Spray Metal Lab • Electron Microscope Lab • Electronics Lab • Engineering Design Studio • Engineering Materials Testing Lab • Fabrication Center • Makerspace Lab • Materials Processing Center • Medical Device Manufacturing Lab • Mobile Device Forensics Research Lab • Unmanned Aircraft System (Drone) Lab

Teaching Labs • Cognitive Lab • Crisis Response Simulation Lab • Cyberforensics Computing Lab • Lab for Financial Engineering • Neuro Lab • Nuclear Science Lab • Psychology Lab • Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Lab • Veterinary Technician Teaching Lab • War Room Simulation Lab Nanotech Labs • Laser Deposition Lab


Innovation Campus, Various Lab & Office Renovations Northeastern University, Burlington, MA




5,500 GSF indoor / 30,000 GSF outdoor FALL 2016

Re-purposing of an existing auditorium for use as an indoor/ outdoor Unmanned Aerial System flight area; required coordination of intricate monitoring systems including radio antenna, high resolution cameras, and strobe lights.


2,800 GSF Planning study of flexible emergency response training space in which teams simulate disaster conditions and evaluate team reaction in real time; the space opens up to host larger workshops, training, or symposiums.

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A study to re-purpose the remainder of Elliott Hall to serve as leased space to start up companies. Similar in concept to the VCC in the Barracks Building

3,000 GSF Houses a highly sensitive microscope and observation room for the study of materials at an atomic level; required carefully calculated interior envelope to support the cooling and air-supply systems which allow the air in the space to maintain extremely tight tolerances in temperature and air movement.

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2,000 GSF Designed with a carefully calibrated HVAC system, acoustic and vibration mitigation, and a thoughtfulstructural retrofit to allow the highly precise equiptment to be fully functional.


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BARRACKS BUILDING VENTURE CAPITAL CREATION LAB (VCC) 12,000 GSF Previously under-utilized space transformed into a multi-purpose wet lab and office space for start-up businesses to share resources; included extensive upgrades to the building systems & site utilities.



VITALS: Client: Northeastern University. Location: Burlington, MA. Cost: varies, $150K to $8M+. Completed: varies, 2016-ongoing. Scope: Study, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: Š William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Dan Ollila, Selena Obelinas, Matt Rowan, William Jacob.

Northeastern University's Innovation Campus Burlington Massachusetts (ICBM) is housed on the grounds of a decommissioned Nike missile base. This innovation campus is focused on conducting research through funding and partnership with a variety of U.S. Government agencies and private business ventures, among them Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Research Labs, U.S. Air Force, Raytheon, and Rogers Corporation, among others. A new building was built as a shell for future labs (the Kostas Research Institute, pictured at right in the graphic above), when Northeastern University purchased the property. Jones Architecture has been routinely called upon to provide design and planning for many sensitive and complex project types in both the new building and existing campus buildings (Elliott Hall and the Barracks Building). Project types include a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) or "Drone" lab, various research labs and office spaces. Some of the spaces are being designed to be ready for partners from industry and government. These spaces will have infrastructure in place to become wet and dry lab, or research office and meeting rooms depending on user needs.


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cold Spray & Advanced Manufacturing Lab Studies

UMass Lowell

Cambridge, MA Completed: 2019 Program: This lab supports Plata's work in the area of environmental chemistry, with a particular focus on nanotechnologies across the energy sector.

Lowell, MA Completed: 2018 Program: Studies to assist UMass Lowell with expanding their manufacturing program.

Materials Testing Lab

Veterinary Technology Clinic

Massasoit Community College

Massasoit Community College

Canton, MA Completed: 2018 Program: A large existing classroom space under-utilized by the Engineering Department is split down the middle to create a more appropriately sized computer classroom and a materials testing lab. The spaces are now used together—lessons followed by implementation.

Canton, MA Completed: 2016 Program: The conversion of an existing IT space and computer classroom to an instructional space, surgical suite, and animal housing facility. This facility enables the College to reposition and advance their fledgling Veterinary Technology program through accreditation.


Lyophilizer Lab

UMass Lowell Lowell, MA Completed: 2019 Program: Renovation to existing clean room and upgrade to building systems to enable the installation of Lyophilizer and CIP SKID research technologies.

The QuEST Center

Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA Completed: 2011 (certifiable building study); 2015. Team members were at Perry Dean Roger|Partners Architects. Program: A new 38,000 GSF Engineering, Science, and Technology Center relieves scheduling pressure on existing lab space, and is designed flexibly to allow for new academic programs combining engineering and science to develop over time.


Offices & Student Life Offices Offices today are open, collaborative, flexible, and saturated with technology. They anticipate regular reconfiguration, either by a single tenant or by multiple subsequent tenants. In this way they have much in common with academic learning spaces, which are themselves often designed to prepare students for contemporary work environments. Framework Thanks to their flexibility, offices lend themselves to a design strategy that separates building framework (core and shell) from interior configurations (tenant fit-up). This approach allows the design team to work in a fundamentally sustainable approach, producing a building shell that will function over the long term, while at the same time producing a tenant fit-up that meets the short term needs of current tenants. Like 19th century warehouses that are still in use today, a quality core and shell will have good natural light, high ceilings, simple circulation, generous bay spacing, and an efficient floor-to-envelope ratio. New products and technologies bring this traditional building model up-to-date, providing energy efficiency and comprehensive technology.


Interiors In contrast to generic building shells, tenant fit-ups can be customized to reflect the individual needs of specific users. Raised floors allow for flexible data and ventilation systems, and accommodate changing furniture configurations. Raised floors also contribute to energy savings when air delivery is provided at floor level. Demountable wall systems allow evolving degrees of enclosure, to accommodate different corporate cultures, or shifts in staffing. Furniture systems exist in a seemingly unlimited array of configurations, finishes, colors and styles, which can be selected to reflect the identity of each new user.

Student Life A successful college experience is much more than academics—it’s about nurturing students to be well-rounded individuals equipped to be contributing citizens. In an increasingly competitive environment, student life on campus is key to attracting and retaining students.

Campus Centers Perhaps more than any other building type, campus centers embody the spirit and culture of their institutions. They are the social hub, the heart, and the living room of campus. The diversity of program, institutional importance, and geographic centrality of campus centers necessarily involves many constituents in their design and construction. Our approach is to use design as the medium for reconciling the sometimes competing agendas of this group, and to seek common ground with overlapping program, critical adjacencies, and a shared institutional vision.

Campus Relationships The relationship between campus centers and the rest of campus is a critical one, and one that presents several opportunities. The scale, massing and materials of a campus center must relate to the existing campus fabric while reinforcing the campus center’s role as the cultural—and often geographic—heart of an institution. The building’s program must similarly support the campus center’s centrality. Existing circulation systems and outdoor spaces must be strengthened or revised to smoothly filter students, faculty, staff and visitors into and around the campus center.

Diverse Program Despite this commonality campus centers vary widely from campus to campus. They encompass a broad range of functions that reflect the specific institutional needs, characteristics, and goals. Program may include student organization offices, meeting rooms, student support offices, tutoring and counseling, recreation space, lounge and casual study spaces, bookstores, post offices, administrative offices, and food service. This range lends vitality to campus centers, and offers the possibility of inventive program relationships that contribute to the student experience.

Residence Halls We understand that thoughtful consideration of how students live today is fundamental to the design of college and university residential life projects. Today’s students arrive on campus with skyrocketing expectations, and schools understand that meeting these expectations is important to recruitment and retention. Live-learn environments, residence halls dedicated to particular academic or recreational interest, dining, privacy, security, flexibility, and comprehensive technology are trends that have become increasingly popular and widespread. We stay abreast of new trends as they emerge, in order to better understand the shifting residential life landscape. No two institutions address housing needs in the same way, so we work with you to define a strategy appropriate for your institution.

Student Retention As attracting and retaining students becomes an increasingly competitive effort, campus centers have become tools that schools can use to boost their appeal with potential and current students. Campus centers provide appealing amenities and spaces dedicated to student groups that support specific student communities, including international, ESL, LGBT, and ROTC students. Durable high-quality finishes lend an air of polish that can set campus centers apart from more bare-bones academic structures elsewhere on campus.


Department of Unemployment Assistance Offices DCAMM, Brockton, MA

VITALS: Client: DCAMM/Office of Planning, Design, and Construction. Location: Brockton, MA. Cost: $21M (estimated). Completed: 2017 (Study); 2021 (target). Scope: Study, Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Team: Rick Jones, Marc Perras, Greg Burchard, Sarah Tarbet.

The goal of this feasibility study was to determine the facilities necessary to accommodate the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) at a state-owned site in downtown Brockton. Two locations in downtown Brockton were originally considered: DUA's existing building at 36 Main Street and an alternate site at 226 Main Street. It was determined that the site at 226 Main Street was the more appropriate fit both for programmatic reasons and for urban development in Brockton. DUA’s program is comprised of two main elements. The first is a Call Center, including both the Claims and the Adjudication Departments. The privacy required by these departments which receive sensitive calls and examine records dictate that they be located at an upper floor of the building. The second major element is the Hearings Department, where the DUA interfaces with the public by hearing disputed cases with legal representation present. A variety of program elements such as training rooms, conference spaces, and breakout areas are considered shared between the Call Center and Hearings, and may be used by other public entities visiting the facility; as such these shared spaces are proposed to be located at the street level. To introduce as much natural light into this space as possible a sawtooth roof is proposed above the Call Center. Given DUA's staff fluctuates based on the State's unemployment rate, flexible work spaces are of the highest priority.


In February 2018, Jones Architecture was selected to carry this project into design and construction with an estimated completion date of 2021.























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Massachusetts Information Technology Center Feasibility Study DCAMM, Chelsea, MA

VITALS: Client: DCAMM/Office of Planning, Design, and Construction. Location: Chelsea, MA Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2019 (study). Scope: Study. How Green? Best practices. Team: Rick Jones, Greg Burchard, Matt Rowan. Collaborating Firm: Amenta Emma Architects


Jones Architecture and Amenta Emma Architects collaborated to deliver a planning, programming, and conceptual design solution to optimize the workplace environment and efficiency at the Massachusetts Information Technology Center (MITC) in Chelsea, MA. The 425,000 GSF four-story building was built in 1994/95 and originally functioned as a data center for the Commonwealth. Today several agencies call it home: the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS), the Department of Revenue (DOR), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) and the Office of the State Treasurer (TREA). Goals for the study included: a flexible solution that can meet evolving needs over time; address current and projected program loads; address code and building systems deficiencies; push workplace trends and expectations; identify constructability and logistical issues; and pursue sustainable design strategies to improve occupant comfort and well-being. Jones Architecture acted as the prime architect, managing consultants and the overall project. Amenta Emma lead the programming and planning for the workplace effort.

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MIT Press Bookstore Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

VITALS: Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Location: Cambridge, MA. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2016. Scope: Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: Š William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Samuel Clement, Selena Obelinas, Greg Burchard.


MIT relocated their Press Bookstore from Main Street to a larger, more central store front on Massachusetts Avenue. The Press Bookstore had occupied the same location for over 30 years. The relocation to a larger space provided an opportunity to expand the display of published works by MIT faculty and other specialty collections as well as introduce new functions, including an event space for guest speakers and a book press that provides an instant book publishing service to customers. The design, through collaboration with the MIT Press and Bookstore staff, aligns with recent branding efforts.


Operations Research Center Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

VITALS: Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Location: Cambridge, MA. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2015. Scope: Programming, Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Sam Clement, Selena Obelinas, Jad Ismail.


The Operations Research Center is a workspace for masters and PhD students who are enrolled in the operations research center program which teaches analytics and a multidisciplinary approach to solve problems and inform decision making. MIT asked Jones Architecture to explore how the Center could accommodate the growing number of students enrolling in the program by better utilizing the existing footprint. We proposed to open the space up to the perimeter where there had previously been enclosed offices in an effort to make the space feel bigger and brighter and to accommodate an open office bench desking furniture scheme. A few existing program pieces were relocated and new program elements—additional break-out rooms, print stations, a kitchenette, café and soft seating—were added forming two centralized “amenity blocks” easily accessible to the open work space.

TESTIMONIAL: “Working with Sam and Rick on the recent renovation of the Operations Research Center @ MIT was a very enjoyable experience. They listened to our needs and requests,...[and] took meet with our students to gather their input on what would be an ideal working environment for them...The ORC is such an inviting, modern place now and is not only a great place for students to study but offers students many different areas in which they can just hang around and socialize...I am very impressed with the outcome of the renovation.� Laura Rose, Academic Administrator, MIT Operations Research Center


Curry Center Northeastern University, Boston, MA

VITALS: Client: Northeastern University. Location: Boston, MA. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2013-2016. Scope: Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Dan Ollila.

Northeastern University’s John A. and Marcia E. Curry Student Center provides programs, resources and an environment for students to grow and develop well-rounded skills to succeed as contributing citizens and leaders within the campus community and beyond. Jones Architecture has been tasked with providing consulting on a number of planning assessments throughout the building and has also seen many of the studies through to design and construction. Among them are the following: •


Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) Suite: OCSS provides support for students looking to obtain off-campus housing and other resources for commuting undergraduates. The renovation of the space included light touch finish upgrades and furniture selection. The Student Government Association’s Senate Chamber: Located on the third floor, the SGA hosts student groups and faculty for large group meetings, banquets, and lectures and debates. The space is equipped with the AV infrastructure to record guest speakers or lecture content for digital storage and distribution. The Center for Intercultural Engagement: Located on the first floor, this center consists of a staff area and 2,000 GSF of multi-purpose space which can be partitioned by a folding glass wall to allow for small sensitivity training classes or larger open forum events or banquets. The Game Room: An existing block of three conference rooms on the fourth floor were renovated to become a 2,500 GSF game room space for billiards, ping-pong, and gaming.


Stratton Student Center Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

VITALS: Client: Massahusetts Institute of Technology. Location: Cambridge, MA. Cost: Confidential. Completed: 2016-2017. Scope: Schematic Design through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Photographs: © William Horne. Team: Rick Jones, Greg Burchard, Samuel Clement, Sandra Venus, Selena Obelinas.

MIT's Stratton Student Center is a centrally located hub that offers students a place to gather, study and dine, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Jones Architecture provided design and construction administration services for several renovations to student, vendor and administrative spaces in the building, including: • • • • •


Wiesner Gallery: The Wiesner Gallery provides a space for students to display their artistic endeavors. The gallery was renovated with new finishes and updated to facilitate multi-media art projects. MIT Federal Credit Union: An extensive renovation to the existing MIT FCU branch with a high level of finish that reflects the credit union's updated brand identity. Recycling and Materials Management Office: A renovation to an existing office suite for the R&MM office, which oversees all waste and recycling programs on campus. Kosher Kitchen: A portion of an existing commercial kitchen was renovated and separated for Kosher food storage and preparation. Tech Callers: The MIT Tech Callers Program is the gifting call center for the Alumni Fund Office. The call center was relocated to an existing office suite in the basement of the student center.

2nd Floor Wiesner Gallery

Renovation: Gallery that showcases MIT student’s artistic endeavors.

First Floor MIT Federal Credit Union

Renovation: Updates to the existing credit union branch.

Kosher Kitchen

Renovation: Modifications to an existing Commericial Kitchen.

Basement Recycling and Materials Management Office Renovation: Office Fit-Out

Tech Callers

Renovation: Updates to a relocated Call Center


Dining Hall Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA

VITALS: Client: Massasoit Community College. Location: Brockton, MA. Cost: $1.4M. Completed: 2019. Scope: Planning Studies, Programming through Construction Administration. How Green? Best practices. Team: Rick Jones, Marc Perras, Sandra Venus, Selena Obelinas, Silvia Colpani.


Jones Architecture designed the renovation of an early 1970’s dining hall to modernize the space and transform the collegiate dining experience on the Brockton campus. The interior renovations include new furniture, finishes and millwork; more variety of seating types; new vending/self-serve options; a new condiments area; staff dining; and a student life services suite with reception, offices, and student work/study area. Building envelope updates include new windows to improve lighting and thermal efficiency, and the addition of an outdoor seating terrace.


Portfolio - Offices & Student Life 8th & 9th Floor Program Summary 8th Floor Program Characteristics Departments Engineering, Ed Services & Finance

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Northfield, VT Completed: Winter 2018 Program: Reprogrammed and updated interior spaces while retaining and matching the historic detailing that gives the building its character; added a second story to provide much-needed additional faculty office space.

Cambridge, MA Completed: Fall 2018 Program: Planning and design for the renovation and expansion of this online course provider’s offices in Kendall Square.

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Norwich University

Jones Architecture

Northfield, VT Completed: 2009 Program: The first of three phases of a residential complex designed to accommodate the civilian population of Norwich University. (Rick was Project Director for the early stages of this project while a Senior Associate at Perry Dean Rogers|Partners Architects.)

Salem, MA Completed: 2019 Program: New workplace build-out to accommodate growing practice; focus on equitable and open studio layout to encourage collaboration, sharing of ideas, efficiency, and strong culture.



Department of Materials Science & Engineering Student Lounge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Cambridge, MA Completed: 2015 Program: Combined three existing offices into one larger space to accommodate a flexible student lounge.

Cambridge, MA Completed: 2013-2015 (multiple projects) Program: Renovations in this mid-century concrete frame building include: Laboratory for Nuclear Science Dept.; Materials Processing Center; and Music & Theater Arts.

Sloan School of Management Research Offices

Federal Credit Union - Multiple Branches

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Completed: 2016 Program: Renovation of a shell space for a pair of research groups; the more public collaborative spaces are pushed to the exterior walls to encourage collaboration while private offices cluster the core.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA & Lexington, MA Completed: 2017 (Cambridge); 2018 (Lexington) Program: Stratton Student Center; Kendall Square; Lincoln Labs. Updates include the installation of new virtual teller machines (VTMs) and remodeling to incorporate the credit union's recent branding changes.


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Curry Student Center Senate Champber Renovation

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA Completed: 2013-2015 (multiple projects) Program: Strategic reworking of existing spaces and build-outs of additional leased spaces in an existing historic building to provide a fresh, contemporary office environment for several groups. Th





Boston, MA Completed: 2015 Program: Renovation of the Student Government Association’s Senate Chamber; updated finishes, flexible furniture, and AV to improve user experience.







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Boston, MA destination buildings Completed: 2017 touchdown spaces Program: This blended models assessment focused on study space accommodations across campus—seat quantities, seat types, technology accommodations, etc.; three study space typologies were identified for use in design.






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Northeastern University Boston Police Headquarters


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Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Study Spaces Assessment

St Stephen Street Residence Hall Boston, MA Completed: 2015-2016 (multiple projects) Program: Renovations included finish, AV, ADA, and building systems upgrades to three student spaces within this residence hall in Boston’s Symphony Hall neighborhood.



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Hurley Street Warehouse Adaptive Reuse

Zero Degrees Corporate Offices

High Tech Ventures Developers

Zero Degrees

Cambridge, MA Completed: 2014 Program: Collaboration with Dan Hisel Architect on conceptual design for the adaptive reuse of a 3-story warehouse to a business incubator speculative office space.

Salem, MA Completed: 2013 Program: Build-out of flexible, open plan office space for branding firm in downtown Salem including bathrooms, kitchen, mechanical room, and storage.


Non-Profit All non-profit organizations are unique in their own right. We understand that their spaces need to reflect the culture and mission, and respond to the unique personality of employees and patrons that are attracted to such organizations. This work builds deeper relationships in our communities and challenges our minds in different ways. Often there are greater financial constraints, but we sometimes find a greater spirit of openness and imagination in developing space and functional solutions with our clients. With non-profit clients more than others, we have learned that fundraising documents and an ability to redirect and think on our feet is critical. We gain new perspectives on our design work, keep thinking fresh, and are reinvigorated each day.

Gallery and Studio Expansion

Community Spaces

RAW Art Works

North Shore Community Development Coalition

Lynn, MA Completed: 2014 Program: Expansion and renovation for community youth art program, providing flexible event and program spaces for GATHER (retail, group meeting and ad hoc studio space), LAUNCH (college-bound counseling), and ART OF WORD (expression through writing). 76

Salem, MA Completed: 2017; ongoing Program: Renovations for regional community development organization including Espacio Community Center; YouthBuild Workshop/Gallery; and studios/ offices.

Recreation Center Renovations

Anna's Place Renovations

Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA

Animal Rescue League of Boston

Marblehead, MA Completed: 2017 Program: Improvements to the lobby, cafÊ, and administration suite; new spaces for a dedicated member services area; expanded Early Learning Center and relocated Kids’Club; and expanded exercise room.

Dedham, MA Completed: 2016 Program: Architect-of-Record for removing an addition, replacing it with a new, reconfigured solution; plus a renovation of the original historic structure, resulting in a state-of-the-art adoption and animal care facility.

Public Park Pavilions

Study & Proposed Renovations

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Lynn Shelter Association

Salem, MA Completed: 2013 (Splaine Park Pavilion); 2017 (Mary Jane Lee Park Pavilion) Program: Architectural design and support services for public park improvement projects.

Lynn MA Completed: 2019 (Study) Program: Existing conditions report of the Osmund Building to identify and evaluate renovation needs to accommodate the growing needs of the LSA and the existing shelter population as well as to provide additional space for emergency overflow capacity.


Testimonials We believe that sometimes the best things we can tell you are things other people said about us. Here is a small sample from some of our current and past clients.

“Simply put, Norwich University entrusted Jones Architecture with providing lead architectural services for the largest renovation and construction project in our history because of Rick Jones.” DAVID MAGIDA, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER NORWICH UNIVERSITY

“Raw Art Works had to grow. Too many kids on our waiting list. Groups happening in closets—literally. When Rick sat with us to talk about what it meant for us to expand into the abutting building, he soon realized that meeting all of our needs would be a huge challenge...He submerged with his team, digging deep to design a space that over 500 kids would call home. Each day as they enter our hip new “Gather” space it screams “you matter!” Jones architecture is the real deal. Their sense of care and craft is hard to find. RAW scored.” MARY FLANNERY, M.A., FOUNDER RAW ART WORKS


“Working with Sam and Rick on the recent renovation of the Operations Research Center @ MIT was a very enjoyable experience. They listened to our needs and requests,...[and] took meet with our students to gather their input on what would be an ideal working environment for them...The ORC is such an inviting, modern place now and is not only a great place for students to study but offers students many different areas in which they can just hang around and socialize...I am very impressed with the outcome of the renovation.” LAURA ROSE, ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATOR MIT OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER

“Rick Jones and his team understood from the start what we were trying to achieve and how we wanted to serve our population of students, faculty and staff as a modern campus media center. [They]… listened, worked with us while our priorities shifted, embraced our ambitions, and ultimately helped to bring a cacophony of voices and ideas into a single focused vision.” ANTHONY HELM, HEAD OF DIGITAL MEDIA AND LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY DARTMOUTH COLLEGE LIBRARY

“Working with Jones Architecture on the design of our new community space, Espacio, has been a wonderful experience. They brought exactly what we hoped they would to the project—a superb overall aesthetic, thoughtful finish choices, and a functional design. Espacio will serve the community with all sorts of programming and activities in a space they can be proud of for years to come.” MICKEY NORTHCUTT, CEO NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COALITION, INC.





Profile for Jones Architecture Inc.

Jones Architecture Firm Qualifications Package  

Portfolio: The Classroom - The Library - Campus Planning - The Laboratory - Offices & Student Life - Non-Profit

Jones Architecture Firm Qualifications Package  

Portfolio: The Classroom - The Library - Campus Planning - The Laboratory - Offices & Student Life - Non-Profit

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