Centric was privileged to team with education planner Rickes Associates, and architects SGA from Boston, to conduct an analysis of Peabody College’s current and future space use needs. This exercise involved 4 months of interviews, dialogue, and analysis and yielded a complete documentation of both current function and future possibilities and goals.
In addition to evaluating the space inside the buildings, we studied the site and the flow of people within and across the campus to produce, in close conjunction with the university, a plan that is more pedestrian and bicycle-centric and which will yield a denser, more attractive, and more efficient campus environment for the future.
After studying and refining the campus-wide flows, we took the space use needs document and
evaluated how it would fit in four of the primary academic buildings of Peabody’s campus. The recommendations re-arrange departments to consolidate them each in their own building (where they used to be spread out across space as it had become available in bits over time) as well as creating a shared classroom building to allow the collaborative Peabody experience to meet its potential. Previously, classrooms had been spread across many buildings, associated with each department, minimizing scheduling resiliency and negating opportunities for students and faculty on different tracks to run into each and learn from each other.
When the new masterplan is fully realized,