The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) programmed and designed the new 35,000-square foot, Thomas and Donna May School of Arts & Sciences at Stonehill College, named for benefactors and alumni, Thomas and Donna May.
The building is part of a SLAM-led campus master plan for Stonehill College that begins the transformation of the campus quadrangle. The master plan vision cites the Ames Mansion, now named Donahue Hall, to reinforce and connect Georgian architecture and create a cohesive campus setting. The May School of Arts & Sciences defines the west side of the quadrangle. On the quad’s south side, is the new 63,000-square foot Leo J. Meehan School of Business, also designed by SLAM and expected to be completed in time for the 2019 academic year.
“An instant success, the May building buzzes with activity every day and has been very well received by our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Its bright, comfortable design lends itself to our mission of offering a transformative education that inspires both the mind and the heart,” said College spokesperson Martin McGovern.
The May building features an outdoor terrace, large gallery; large classrooms and seminar rooms integrated with faculty offices to enhance faculty and student interaction. The first floor features a bookstore, Au bon Pain café; a world-class lecture hall with the capacity for 350+ people; and a new home for the Admission Office. The second-floor houses collaborative space that fronts and activates the new quad. Students can gather here in between classes to study and collaborate on high top working surfaces or in soft seating areas.
“We are in the early life of a dynamic hub for academic and student life at Stonehill that is creating a significant pedestrian flow on campus that starts right at the May building and main quad,” said Neil Martin, AIA, SLAM Design Principal. “But even more humbling are the reactions we are hearing from students, who point to an excitement for the architecture. As noted by one student…’when I first walked into the building, I was blown away. Although the beauty of the building makes it stand out, it fits perfectly into our campus! I can't imagine a better space for prospective students to begin their Stonehill journey.’”
BOND Construction served as the Construction Manager for this project and for the Meehan School of Business, currently under construction.