Exterior Architecture / CSTD News / Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

Following campus tradition of stone architecture

The humanities departments at Boston College gets a new home at Stokes Hall, which matches the prestigious school’s historic Gothic-style stone architecture on its Middle Campus

January 8, 2014
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
Trans

Earlier this year, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates completed work on Stokes Hall at Boston College. The 183,000-square-foot building houses the school’s humanities departments, and the school requested that it be designed and built to look as if it has always sat on the campus green. The school also requested that the building match — in style and materials — the college’s historic Gothic-style stone architecture on its Middle Campus. To accomplish this, the building was made in the English Gothic-style using traditional stone-by-stone construction methods. Additionally, Old York seam-faced granite from Old York Quarry in York, ME, and Indiana variegated limestone were used in the building’s design.

“A great university building needs to articulate the deepest held values of the institution and do so in a way that is highly convincing to all those who use it,” said David Owens, Design Principal of Tsoi/Kobus & Associates of Cambridge, MA. “A well-designed and built stone building, such as what we provided at Boston College, speaks to those values of quality and permanence in a way that few non-masonry buildings could express.”

The exterior of Stokes Hall is composed of 53,000 square feet of Old York granite. To ensure that the aesthetic of the new building remained consistent with the Gothic-style of existing campus architecture, the stone was custom quarried in Maine.

“It was laid up in a coursed ashlar pattern — similar to nearby buildings on campus,” explained Owens. “The stone was saw cut at the base and head, guillotined cut at the vertical surfaces and the edges were dressed on site.” All coursing was on a 1½-inch module with stones running from 3 to 14 modules in height, 5 to 32 inches long, with a 6- to 9-inch width.

Additionally, 10,615 pieces of Indiana limestone — totaling approximately 25,000 cubic feet — were employed for quoins, arches, art panels and fenestration. The limestone was quarried in Oolitic, IN, and fabricated by Mankato
Kasota Stone Co. of Mankato MN.                                      

The design and materials were chosen after a visit to the quarry, which is no longer in operation since the completion of the project, and the team was in unanimous agreement regarding the decision. There was only one other stone under consideration and that was a seam-face granite as well. The main reason for the selection was that the design team felt it worked beautifully with the existing buildings on campus, according to Owens.  

The biggest challenge faced during the project was getting the color blend desired for the granite onsite. This was because they were designing to a much proscribed range of reds, yellows and grays, with strict proportional demands for each. Because stone is a natural material, finding the correct color range meant constant vigilance. Once that was achieved, a mason was given a general pattern for the color and size of the stone that he needed to follow. 

The response from the Boston College community has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Owens. The school was particularly pleased about the way that the new structure complements the style and architecture of the existing buildings, which had been an important goal from the start of construction.  

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

Recent Articles by Sara Garafalo

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.

THE MAGAZINE

Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD_Spring2014_Cover.jpg

2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How_To_Polish_&_Restore_Mar.gif
How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!

  

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out stoneindustryeducation.com to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook logo Twitter  YouTube