Harvard University Massachusetts Hall

Cambridge, Massachusetts

CMTA’s Boston office had the honor of being hand-selected by Harvard University to complete a replacement and modernization of the MEP systems in their most prestigious building – Massachusetts Hall.

To say this building is rich with history would be an understatement. Built in 1720, which even predates the creation of the United States, Massachusetts Hall housed the Continental Army during the American Revolution and now serves as a dormitory for students and senior level office space for the President and Provost of the University. Mass Hall is officially recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, highlighting it as a location that “possessed exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.”

One of the most critical challenges of this project was to maintain the historical and architectural beauty of the building while also updating the engineering to the 21st century with efficient and quiet systems. The low floor-to-floor height and the historical significance of this building required innovation and creativity for the engineering team. The final solution implemented an extremely low-velocity VAV system that integrated small vertical duct risers within the wall pilasters and millwork. Once the $13M project concluded, the President and Provost of the University complimented CMTA on the swift completion of such a challenging project that was on a very tight schedule.