The Center for Health Sciences at AIC Brings New Life to Campus

Simsbury, CT - Phase Zero Design, a national architecture, interior design and planning services firm, is pleased to announce completion of the The Colaccino Center for Health Sciences Center at American International College in Springfield, MA. The 20,300 square foot, $7 million project consist of a renovation and addition, which created new classrooms, labs, and offices for the college’s expanding Health Sciences programs.

The study of Health Science’s involves a deep understanding of a body’s potential, strength, and movement.  The architecture of AIC’s new Health Science building represents these elemental concepts by showcasing the body’s movement throughout the building’s circulation. The existing building facade, primarily brick, was repaired and received cladding around the existing windows to match the detailing of the new building. Inside, large openings were made within the façade of the existing building so that the spaces were easily intertwined, avoiding having to create a doorway between the spaces.

Phase Zero Design is thrilled with the end result of the Health Sciences Center. The success of the project was a team effort and the project achieved the goals of the faculty, staff and students.
— Matthew Wittmer | Principal at Phase Zero Design

Phase Zero Design was tasked to create a visual impact on State Street and maintain a tight budget. The project team achieved this by eliminating corridors within the building and focusing the majority of the building’s circulation to the atrium.

Major design elements were also centered toward the front of the building; while the design of the back of the building, facing a small parking lot, was limited to a simple layout/design and inexpensive materials. The Health Sciences building completed with minimal change orders, .5%.


Key individuals of the firm involved and their roles in the project: