Gund Hall was designed by John Andrews in collaboration with Dean José Luis Sert for the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1972, during a period of major expansion at the GSD. Today, Gund Hall remains an iconic symbol for the GSD but is in need of major repair, including updating all obsolete building systems. This is a comprehensive upgrade, from building envelope renovation to new space planning. User comfort is a priority.
The first phase of a complete energy retrofit for the building included clerestory reglazing and full glazing replacement to achieve lower U-values, lower percentages of solar heat gain, and improved visible light transmittance, especially in the large studio spaces. Secondary trusses at stepped roofs were strengthened, and mechanical systems replaced. Subsequent phases include complete window replacements, floor insulation and lighting for studio spaces.
At completion the building will be secure in its identity as a period icon, with invisible, efficient and modern mechanical systems throughout.