June 7, 2019

After years of imagining, discussing, designing, and planning, the renewal of historic, century-old Swartz Hall took a big step forward this week. The relocation of departments and offices are a major milestone for the project as it will allow for the renewal to take place as efficiently as possible.

Months of packing, purging, and preparation for the end-of-semester move—and the move itself—have taken a considerable amount of work. But now, HDS is significantly closer to beginning the renewal of its signature building, creating a true campus center and a space that will transform every aspect of teaching and learning at the School.

This week’s takeaway. Departments and offices have been moved to temporary locations in Divinity Hall and 60 Oxford Street, where new classrooms and meeting spaces are also being constructed. The Andover-Harvard Theological Library entrance has been moved to the south side of Swartz Hall, across from the Vanserg Building and Francis Avenue parking lot. Fencing is being erected around Swartz Hall, and walking paths around the building will be altered.

What’s moved? Many offices relocated to new, temporary workspaces, including the building at 60 Oxford Street, which is located at the corner of Oxford and Hammond streets. (An updated campus map has been created, including a campus map showing walking routes between HDS buildings.) HDS has space on the first floor, mezzanine, and second floor of the building. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies the upper floors.

2019-20 Campus Map

HDS offices and departments that will be located at 60 Oxford Street until the end of the renewal project are: the Office of Career Services, the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Information Technology and Media Services, Executive Education, the Office of Ministry Studies, the Office of Operations, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Student Life, and Student Services.

The building is staffed by a security guard located at the desk near the entrance and also features a rooftop garden and patio located on the third floor. The patio and garden is accessible by card swipe.

Also being constructed at 60 Oxford Street are several classroom, meeting, and seminar spaces that will serve as temporary replacements for similar spaces that were located in Swartz Hall. Crews are also working to create a larger space that can accommodate some of the events that were typically held in the Sperry and Braun rooms.

Departments and faculty offices have also been temporarily relocated to Divinity Hall. Those include: the Office of Academic Affairs, the Executive Dean’s Office, the Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Dean’s Office.

We plan to include photos and floor plans of these spaces once they are fully completed, so check back here in the coming months for a closer look at the spaces at 60 Oxford Street.

Information about the mailroom, addresses, and deliveries is available on the Swartz Hall Project web page on the HDS intranet.

Site work. This week, crews were onsite installing the perimeter fencing and conducting other project start-up activities, including relocating the dumpsters by the greenhouses and preparing for installation of a construction office trailer at that location.

—Ralph