The Robert D. O’Donnell Commons provided a new home for the School of Health, School of Education, and Student Services at Husson University. The 40,000 SF building includes an anatomy and dissection laboratory, faculty offices, large, multi-use classrooms, seminar rooms, and a 100-seat lecture hall. The “Commons” houses physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy labs, traditional classrooms, and lecture hall, along with Husson’s student welcome center, which includes the admissions and financial aid offices.
O’Donnell Commons connects to Peabody Hall, an important campus building that includes the classrooms, faculty offices, student support services, the school of pharmacy, and the W. Tom and Bonnie Sawyer Library.
The project was completed on a “fast track” schedule. Phased construction documents allowed the construction manager to begin building four months before the final design documents were completed. The result was a project opening held only 11 months after construction began, completed under budget.