The Winsor School
+Centers for Performing Arts and Wellness Academic Wing + Boston, Massachusetts
Maggie Golden [ L / E ]
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December 12th, 2014 // To download the original submission of Spring Proposal, click here
January 16th, 2015 // No changes made to original submission based on recommendations.
Lighting Depth
The proposed lighting depth will be to design the lighting in four spaces within the Lubin-O'Donnell Center for Performing Arts and Wellness within The Winsor School. The four areas will be the three-story Performing Arts Theatre, the Dance Rehearsal Room, the Wellness Lobby and the Wellness Entrance Plaza. The main theme of the building stems from the apparent juxtaposition of the new wing of the school as compared to the original campus building. While seemingly different, the new building implements materials alluding to its predecessor, taking classic prominent features in the original building and modernizing them. For example, instead of using red brick, the new wing uses tan brick. Instead of using cherry wood panels, there is wood slat walls and tan painted metal. In fact, this tactic is comparable to the overall development of this school. From 1886 to 2015 the goal of the school hasn’t changed – they take young girls and turn them into successful and independent young women. It’s just the girls themselves that have changed, they have become modern women. And so, the main concept for the lighting within the building will do the same, it will embody the classic New England prominent architecture and modernize it. But the building is not only the sum of its parts, each space has their own identity and personality. It is important to develop a connection between the spaces, while also expressing each individual theme of the room. Each space will expand upon these themes as well as meet the desired design criteria layed out the previous technical reports.

Electrical Depth
The Center for Performing Arts and Wellness utilizes a voltage of 480/277V that feeds from an exterior transformer through the main 3000A switchboard and to various distribution and panel boards. There are also step-down transformers located at panelboards that require a lower 208/120V for receptacles and mechanical equipment. The telecom and security systems are backed up to allow for a secure and reliable system to support the multitude of cameras, help buttons, intercom, door locks and motion detectors. As for materials, the wiring is mostly aluminum and it is important to note that all emergency branches are fed through mineral insulated cable. The emergency system has three branches, two of which feed “standby” and “emergency” branches that supply power to life safety support and mechanical equipment. The electrical depth of this design will entail a branch circuit redesign for the lighting schemes discussed above, a short circuit analysis for the redesigned spaces and a redesign of the emergency systems for integration and potential cost reduction.

Daylighting (MAE) Depth
The Wellness Lobby and Corridor has a large amount of glare potential within the space. The entire length of the corridor is a glass curtain wall that allows sunlight penetration from the southwest. This could cause large problems especially in the late fall and throughout the winter when low angle sun can throw direct light into this space with potential for thermal gain. While it is a public space, many of the classrooms or fitness centers have glazing as well which the direct light can pass through and potentially heat the space or exhibit visual distress among the occupants. Radiance and DaySimPS will be used to analysis the current conditions and then if necessary, possible passive shading techniques will be evaluated for future implementation. This depth will cover topics discussed in AE 565 (Daylighting).

Acoustical Breadth
By changing the systems and layout in the theatre, the acoustics of the space will also differ. An acoustical study of how this redesign will affect the reverberation time and if necessary, other acoustical options will be implemented and studied as well. Careful consideration will be taken with the amount of fixtures blocking acoustical materials in the space such as filling in the wood slats with fixtures, etc. Background information for this breadth will come from AE 309.

Landscape Architecture Breadth

The plaza outside of the wellness entrance and lobby is a large area of respit outside of the building. It is an open area accessible to both the turf fields and sporting events and the performance spaces within the building. The plaza is meant for relaxation and conversation during events at the school. Therefore, a landscape architecture redesign to follow the flow and architecture of the building and concept will be examined during the spring semester and then implemented in the final design. The final documentation will be in the form of AutoCAD plans and Photoshop renderings. Background information for this breadth will come from Arch 443 (Integrated Collaborative Studio) and further research with collaboration with Landscape Architecture professors.

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Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐in‐progress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Maggie Golden. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.
+ Renderings above were provided courtesy of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.
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This page was last updated on January 16th, 2015 by Maggie Golden