Babson College Cuts Ribbon at Boston Location
Babson College recently cut the ribbon at its new Downtown Boston location, ceremonially marking the grand opening of its 9,000-square-foot, SMMA-designed Babson Boston space. Occupying a prime spot in the Financial District—100 High Street—the new, multi-level site comprises more than twice the square footage of the College's former, now-vacated space on Summer Street, and serves as an urban extension of the main Wellesley campus.
"Our project concept captured the College's reciprocal relationship with the city: To bring 'Boston to Babson' in the street-level, flexible 'storefront' space for drop-in mentoring, and social and seminar activities; and to bring 'Babson to Boston' in a 12th-floor, multi-function academic suite of learning and collaboration spaces,” said Ted Szostkowski, Design Principal and Director of SMMA's Higher Education Studio.
The College estimates that approximately 16,000 alumni work in or near the city. Babson Boston affords that group a centralized space for learning, networking, co-working, and conferencing. Part-time students will be afforded the opportunity to earn an MBA from the College's F.W. Olin School Graduate School of Business entirely from this satellite location.
"We are going to make Babson accessible and easy," said President Kerry Healey, speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We want to be here for you all the time, with exciting program access to our alumni activities, executive education, MBA classes in the evening . . . this is the kind of experience that our 40,000 alumni around the world will be able to have."
Babson College maintains the top-ranked undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. Babson Boston, which was constructed by Lee Kennedy Co., provides the College an ideal location from which to build upon that undergraduate foundation, and, along with other remote environments in Miami and San Francisco, expands the school's outreach and increases its educational footprint.