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Westfield State University receives BSA award for accessible design of Davis Hall renovation

Westfield State University received an Accessible Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) for its Davis Hall addition and renovations at the Jan. 23 BSA Awards Gala in Boston.

The prestigious industry awards are presented annually by the BSA to top individuals and organizations for outstanding design and contributions in seven categories. The Davis Hall addition and renovations was among the 2019 recipients for an Accessible Design Award, recognizing “design excellence in buildings or facilities that are accessible for persons of all abilities. Successful projects include the integration of accessibility requirements and exceed the legal requirements with features that anticipate diverse user needs and benefits.”

“Westfield State University is humbled by this recognition received from the BSA for its Davis Hall renovations,” said Stephen Taksar, vice president for Administration and Finance. “The enhancements have led to easier access and greater functionality for resident students, guests, and University staff, and a better experience for all users and visitors of this facility.”

Davis Hall opened in 1967 and was renovated in 2017 by Stegman & Associates with Caolo & Bienek Associates. A new main entry and a front and rear opening elevator were added, along with a large lounge and kitchenette on each floor to provide common space. Community bathrooms were relocated and single-user, gender-neutral bathrooms were added to address accessibility and privacy issues. It houses up to 325 first-year students in single and double rooms.