Boyd Science Center featured in Book

July 28th, 2005 by Adam
Book cover

photo courtesy
Mitchell/Giurgola Architects



Boyd Science Center exterior view

© Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Plymouth State
Science Center

Featured in Boomer
Buildings: Mid-Century Architecture Reborn

The renovation and expansion of Boyd Science Center at
Plymouth State University is one of six projects featured
in a new book by Mitchell/Giurgola Architects of New York
City. The striking coffee table book, Boomer
Buildings: Mid-Century Architecture Reborn,
case studies of adaptive reuse projects for each of the
buildings, which are more than a generation old.

The six case studies present in detail how each project
was analyzed, from its energy use to its mechanical,
electrical and plumbing systems and structural stability.
In each case, the result is a reborn building created for
a fraction of the cost and consuming far fewer materials
than a new facility built from scratch, according to the

In the book, Mitchell/Giurgola documents “a new,
more sustainable approach to design and construction that
builds on the past and makes the old better than new.”
The architects worked closely with each client to
determine how their original building could be salvaged
by incorporating updated program elements to serve a new
generation of users. They suffered from outdated heating
and ventilation systems, poor and inefficient lighting,
drafty exterior walls, asbestos or other toxic materials,
and a general lack of usability for 21st century
purposes. Many of the buildings expanded in size, with a
transparent melding of the old and new.

Boyd Science Center, a project of USNH’s KEEP NH
initiative, reopened in fall 2004 after a renovation of
54,400 square feet and an addition of 35,600 square feet.

Architect Steven M. Goldberg, a partner at Mitchell/Giurgola says,”
The redesign not only transformed an obsolescent science
building into an exciting state-of-the art facility, but
also the
southern end of the campus into a new quad with science
in the foreground.” Mitchell/Giurgola
Architects received an Honor Award for Excellence in
Architecture from the American Association of Architects
New Hampshire chapter for the design.

PSU Chief Financial Officer William Crangle, says, “The
recognition the Boyd Science Center project has received
is gratifying. Even more gratifying are the comments we
hear from students and faculty on a regular basis about
the opportunities working and studying in a modern,
well-equipped science facility provide. We are grateful
to the State of New Hampshire for helping us make this
project a reality, and to the many donors who helped us
provide science equipment.”

Boomer Buildings: Mid-Century Architecture Reborn
was published in Australia by The Images Publishing Group
and is available through