Sector: Historic Restoration

Harvard University – Memorial Hall, Loker Commons

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This project was executed by A.J. Martini, Inc. prior to being acquired by Commodore in 2012.

Memorial Hall, one of Harvard’s signature, historic buildings underwent an 87,000 SF restoration and renovation. The project included the renovation of Annenberg Hall, a freshman dining hall and servery, construction of a 9,500 SF two-story kitchen addition and renovations to the Tower Study rooms and the Sanders Theater’s stage. Significant accessibility issues were also addressed.

As part of the Memorial Hall renovation project, Loker Commons was carved out of the historic building’s basement space. The 15,000 SF student center and retail space transformed the unused basement into a popular gathering place for students, offering casual food service.

A full year of preconstruction services provided budgets and analysis of different materials and resolved access issues. Given the complexity of the project, there were clear benefits to the team’s unique approach to MEP coordination that focused on avoiding costly changes in the field.