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The One Simmons Project

Implementation of the University’s vision for the future is entering a new phase.

Citing an enduring commitment to meeting the needs and aspirations of current and future students, the Trustees voted to move forward One Simmons, the plan to integrate the future living and learning environment on campus. The initiative involves redesigning the academic campus in a way that ultimately will make it possible to house the entire academic and residential experience on one more-sustainable and accessible campus. 

Photograph above: Conceptual illustration of the remade campus at 300 The Fenway, courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects.

“The One Simmons project is the most important investment we’ve made in our future, and we are convinced that with strong philanthropic support, Simmons will continue to give access and opportunity to our students for the next 100 years,” says President Helen Drinan. 

The planned campus changes are designed to complement last year’s curriculum redesign with its focus on making the most of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaborations for students, regardless of their major. 

“The One Simmons project is the most important investment we’ve made in our future,” says President Helen G. Drinan ’75MS(LIS), ’78MBA.

Hallmarks of the remade academic campus will include an entirely renovated facility for teaching the natural, behavioral and health sciences that provides integrated lab and research space and new, flexible classrooms that can be utilized by all four colleges. Student-focused spaces, such as a new student activities center, multicultural center and student services hub, will be brought together from across the campus to better meet the needs of students. Additional changes and upgrades to existing academic space and the library will create room for the second phase of the project, in which a living and learning center will be built on the academic campus where the Park Science Center is now. This new residential building will be financed through a ground lease of our current residence campus on Brookline Avenue. Since its founding, Simmons has sought to empower students to forge their own paths, lead independent lives, engage with their communities and build a more equitable world. Fulfilling that vision over the years has involved ongoing innovation. The University says One Simmons is a vital extension of that legacy.