Recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in New England, Endicott College is set against a picturesque coastal backdrop. Even with its ocean views and well-landscaped grounds, the campus lacked a central green space for student and event gatherings. The new Samuel C. Wax Academic Center seized on an opportunity to reposition the college’s academic core. The three-phased building proposal for a new quadrangle created the desired green space while complementing the campus’s two central lakes and main entrance. The Wax Center is home to the school’s arts and sciences, education, communication, hospitality departments, and graduate school programs.
To help the College optimize the value of its capital expenditures, Bergmeyer worked closely in a design/build partnership with Windover Construction and the College to study new and existing building renovation options to meet Endicott’s programmatic and budgetary needs.
The architectural language for the new buildings respects the masonry and limestone context of the adjacent Halle Library and the Life Sciences Building with stately proportions. The new buildings project strength yet maintain a nestled presence within the landscape against the context of the surrounding campus. The interior palette invokes ocean tones, wood accents, and pops of bright color in social spaces.
Phase one features 31 state-of-the-art classrooms, a television studio, 13 academic departments, and collaborative and social spaces. Construction for the first phase occurred immediately adjacent to the existing occupied 1970 Wax Center, which was demolished upon the completion of the new building to make way for the second phase.
Phase two contains the largest interior campus gathering space with the 750-seat Cleary Lecture Hall. The building also houses seminar and study rooms, a café, and two levels of natural light-filled gallery seating spaces that connect to phase one and overlook the new landscaped quad.
The Samuel C. Wax Academic Center and Quad has transformed the Endicott College campus and will serve as its epicenter for years to come.