Dana Hall School, Shipley Athletic, Health and Wellness Center

Wellesley, MA | 2005

This award-winning facility creates a bridge between pure recreation and the highest level of student athletic competition, while providing a student activity hub across the central green from the school’s academic complex. It is organized around a multi-level central concourse, a skylight filling the building with light. The multi-court gym, with its elevated running track, is opposite the fencing studio and weight and fitness area. The central concourse provides spectator viewing opportunities for the squash courts and aquatic center, while a climbing wall at the main entrance symbolizes the building’s energy and spirit. By utilizing the grade of the site with a roof design that slopes close to the ground on two sides, the Center fits into the scale and context of the campus, settling into the landscape and hiding the large mass of the Center behind smaller-scale elements.


  • Square Footage: 94,000 s.f.
  • Construction Cost: $21,900,000
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Shepley Bulfinch Team

Alexander Howe
James Hunnewell, Jr.
Alicia Monks
Jeanne Carey
Paul McIntire
Anthony Morra
Celia Civello
Bruce Cole
Claire Gilbert
Andre Kamili
Melanie Kiihn
Jennifer Latto
Cindy Lee
Sarah Lynch
Russell Tremaine
Jiajia Wang
Tara Dirrane
James Kitt



  • 2007 Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting, International Illumination Design Awards
  • 2006

  • 26th Annual Facility of Merit Award 2006 for Outstanding Sports/Recreation Facility, Athletic Business Magazine

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