Museum of Science, Sophia and Bernard M. Gordon Wing

Museum of Science, Sophia and Bernard M. Gordon Wing

Boston, MA

In 2005, with support from The Gordon Foundation, the Museum decided to transform an underutilized garage and storage area into the Sophia & Bernard M. Gordon Wing, headquarters and offices of the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL). The Center’s primary focus is on the preparation of educational materials and exhibits dedicated to increasing children and adult’s appreciation of the importance of technology in modern life.

The space accommodates 110 private offices and work stations, a curriculum demonstration classroom, conference rooms, quiet work spaces and an 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art exhibit construction shop. The office is designed with a variety of casual work and meeting spaces to foster interaction between staff and work groups.

The MoS is committed to being an institutional leader in sustainable building and operations. The decision to not pursue LEED™ certification was made at the onset of the project. Instead, the museum’s Green Committee set its own benchmarks based on the museum’s internal sustainability goals. In many cases, these targets met or exceeded LEED™ requirements. Sustainable features include; recycled steel, low VOC finishes, solar shades, recyclable carpet, glazed curtain wall, renewable source cabinetry, dual flush toilets, and construction waste management. The space also includes low water-use plumbing fixtures, waterless urinals and is plumbed for a future rain-capture gray water system. Lighting fixtures exceed ASHRAE baseline requirements by 50% while providing generous work level lighting and a pleasantly bright space. Each work space is filled with abundant natural daylight, and the space boasts an amazing view across the Charles River to Boston’s Back Bay.


Architect: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Builder: Shawmut Construction

Collaborator: Fentress Architects

Photographer: Greg Premru Photography


2009 AIA New England, People's Choice Award

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