As a 2018 article in Building Design + Construction entitled Mass MoCA Building 6: The Robert W. Wilson Building points out, “The Arnold Print Works, a textile-dyeing mill in North Adams, Massachusetts, dates to the 1860s. In 1942, it was converted to make electrical parts for the war effort. It closed in 1986…In the late 1980s, community leaders reimagined the 17-acre campus as a showcase for large-scale minimalist art. Building 6 is the final piece of a 25-year, three-phase master plan funded by public and private capital. Its chief goal: to make MASS MoCA and western Massachusetts a multi-day visitor destination…The Building 6 project team…connected three acre-size floors via a new three-story lightwell that serves as the primary circulation core. A series of controlled-environment galleries set against an industrial landscape interior supports the client’s goal of merging the old and the new.”
Since North Adams is The Dobbert Companies headquarters location, our team was particularly excited and honored when we were recommended and selected to lead the HVAC and plumbing workstreams for this massive project.
The project result? Mass MoCA is now the U.S.’s largest “contemporary and visual arts” center, as well as one of only a few locations in the world that can host enormous art installations.