Gund Hall, exterior


New Houses

The Harvard Graduate School of Design acquired properties located at 40 Kirkland St., 42 Kirkland St. and 20 Sumner Rd. in the Fall of 2010. Originally used as housing built in the early 20th century, these buildings have been renovated to serve as additional classroom meeting space and offices for faculty and student use.


Construction has been ongoing at all three locations since the Spring of 2011 with an estimated completion date of Fall 2012.

Some items include: Security Card Swipes, Fire Alarm Pull Boxes, HUPD Emergency Communication Boxes, Wall Patching/Refurbishing, Stripping and Staining Wood floors, Carpeting, Data Lines and Wireless Hubs, Classroom Furniture, Door Locks, Lighting, Plumbing, Ceiling Panels and Wiring.


HVAC Upgrade

The heating and cooling system upgrade in Gund Hall will be completed by the end of Summer 2012.  This new unit can provide up to 35,000 cubic feet of air per minute. Variable air volume boxes have been added and a portion of the fan coil units have been replaced. While the system has been computer controlled for some time and the ability to schedule heating and cooling for specified periods of time has been implemented, the new system includes proximity sensors, which regulate the room temperature depending on occupancy. This allows the heating and cooling to turn on or off within or outside of the specified schedule making a higher rate of energy conservation possible. This upgrade is one of several solutions the Harvard Graduate School of Design is implementing in compliance with the Harvard wide Harvard Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal.


Room 508 Modification
Summer 2012

Located in the North hallway of Gund Hall, room 508 was changed from a classroom for 35 people to 3 faculty offices. This involved the fabrication of two walls, data and voice jack installation as well as shelving and counter space construction.



Robot Arm and CNC Machine
Installed Summer 2011

Modification of the L31 project room in Gund Hall in order to house new CNC router machinery and laser cutters. L32 classroom divided into two spaces with card swipe readers installed for secure access. L31 reduced by a 3rd with double doors added on the south side for machine maintenance access purposes.

FY12 GSD Fund

In order to move the machinery in L31 two sets of double doors between L31 and the loading dock were demolished. Once the machines were in place, both sets of doors were reconstructed. Extensive electrical work and construction was involved with the division of L31, the removal of a spray booth and the installation of the CNC machinery with card swipe access and computer work stations to control the fabrication process of materials.


Studio Desks
Installed 2011, 2012

Desks in the student trays were upgraded with more storage and workspace, creating a more ergonomic and modern environment and replacing the original desks from the 1970s. Completion date Summer 2012.


Piper Curtain
Installed 2011

Installed in the Fall of 2011.The curtain in Piper Auditorium is a one of a kind piece designed and fabricated by renowned designer Petra Blaisse founder of the design firm Inside Outside. Ceiling track and curtain were installed.


Office 520 Modification Project

 In the summer of 2010 office 520 was modified to a more open floor plan. Offices 520D and 520B were removed. Work included data/voice jack installation, counter construction, new furniture and other electrical work.


metaLAB Construction

 Located in 42 Kirkland. Office was newly renovated in Summer 2012. Some work included carpeting, flooring, furniture installation, data and phone installation. For further information visit metaLAB.

Gund Hall Room 111 Furnishing Project

During Christmas Break (December 2007 - January 2008) new seating was installed in room 111. New AV equipment, carpeting and light switches have also been added.

Security Cameras

In response to security concerns, a number of cameras have been installed at the Graduate School of Design.

Resources: Building Services: Improvements

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