Harvard Business School

Schwartz Common and Pavilion

Project at a Glance

Boston, MA


Architecture Operations & Reed Hilderbrand

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Design-assist for structure and curtain wall along with the construction of a full-scale, on-site mock-up that was modified as various design options were considered
  • Installed temporary walkways, pedestrian traffic re-routing, new security campus lighting and tree protection to accommodate travel on this major campus thoroughfare
  • Managed substantial abatement and demolition within 30’ of HBS’ new curtain wall-clad Klarman Hall, requiring extensive protection measures

To create a new gathering space in the heart of its well-traveled Commons, Harvard Business School embarked on the construction of a simple, yet iconic multi-purpose indoor-outdoor venue for its students, faculty and visitors. This unique structure—comprised entirely of stainless steel and curtain wall—offers program flexibility for informal and formal gatherings, as well as movable walls that can be adapted to the seasonal New England weather by providing partially enclosed or open-air spaces. The finished Schwartz Common and Pavilion features custom granite flooring and pavers, specialty lighting and uplighting, water and fireplace features, glass railings, granite auditorium-style seating and a fixed bar.

Prior to the construction, Consigli oversaw the extensive abatement and demolition of Burden Hall, an existing auditorium building that was situated within the new structure’s footprint. During demolition, protective measures were installed to safeguard HBS’ new curtain wall-clad Klarman Hall, located less than 30’ away. Additionally, the demolition scope required site dewatering, an impairment plan in accordance with NFPA 241 and the cut/cap of existing chilled water, electrical and steam lines.