Wheelock College to cut ribbon on new addition

April 30, 2013

The Boston Business Journal

The Earl CenterWheelock College plans to open on May 15 a new, $5 million addition to one of its campus buildings, which will provide space for emerging technology that will be open to students, faculty and members of the public, the Fenway area school announced.

The centerpiece of the 9,260 square-foot addition to the Activities East building is called the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation. On the first floor there will be a new learning space. The new center also will have a flexible layout, movable tables and mobile whiteboards that can be rolled out for brainstorming and slid back into storage.

The center is laid out as one large, open space, but the design allows one section to be closed off as a private classroom or workshop space. Wheelock's goal is to use the space to host educational events for students and faculty, and provide professional development opportunities for Wheelock alumni and teachers from Boston Public Schools.

The second floor of the new center will be outfitted with faculty offices and on the third floor will be an outdoor patio and a roof top garden.

Lee Kennedy Co. did the construction of the new addition, which began last August. William Rawn Associates handled the design. William Rawn has designed at least two other buildings on the Wheelock campus, according to a spokeswoman for the school.

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