Smith College Ford Hall

The Challenge

Smith College’s goal was to implement the first all-female student accredited engineering program in the country. This required the development of a new science quadrant on the Smith campus and extensive permitting to allow for an educational overlay district. To accomplish this, numerous simultaneous enabling projects precipitated the actual construction of Ford Hall.    

The Solution

Ford Hall, a gold LEED certified project, is a 143,000 square foot building which houses the Chemistry, Engineering, Molecular Sciences and Computer Science groups at Smith College. The multi-disciplinary building allows for collaboration among faculty and students to create a STEM academic environment. The six-year project involved four years of planning and preconstruction and two years of construction. The predominantly wet, science lab functions of the building included unique aspects for research, including Biosafety Level 3 labs, NMR research labs and an engineering bullpen.

The Key Benefits

Throughout the project’s duration, CSL Consulting provided budgetary and financial controls for the construction project; and construction oversight, allowing for an on-schedule and on-budget delivery of the project. Additionally, CSL managed the complete FF&E integration planning, procurement and installation.