MIT Stata Center

The Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT, Building 32

Designed for the Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences programs at MIT, Frank Gehry and his architectural team at Gehry Partners envisioned a sprawling academic complex of visually amorphous structures which provide a combination of study and social space for students. The project is comprised of 47 unique elements, using a variety of materials, from brick to glass and architectural metals.

Zahner developed the geometry and cladding the structure with rain screen panels in stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium. As the facade provider, Zahner designed the structural forms to match the designer's aesthetic, fabricated the forms, skins, and window units, and installed the facade onsite at the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus.

Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT, Building 32

Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT, Building 32.
Photo courtesy Philip Greenspun.

Because of the complex nature of the project, the designers used Zahner's ZEPPS™ Panel system to efficiently build out the curving and angular substructure of many project’s components. Using ZEPPS™ allows the engineers to simplify the design into buildable components using 3D fabrication processes. Parts were then assembled either at the Zahner shop or in the field depending on their complexity and shippability. An onsite team of installers assembled each ZEPPS™ panel. 1,500 individual ZEPPS™ panels were lifted into place for this project and surfaced with a rainscreen skin in one of several specified metal surfaces. More than 10,000 individual skins were installed to the surface and roof.

One of the distinct advantages of the ZEPPS™ System is that it allows fully functional window boxes, over six feet in height, to be pre-installed on these panels. For that reason, ZEPPS™ is often described as the prefab for custom buildings.

Detail of the flatseam panel system for Stata Center at MIT

Detail of the flatseam panel system for Stata Center at MIT.

Facade installers in their office at MIT

Facade installers in their office at MIT.

Heart building at MIT Stata CenterCatia CAD visual for the Heart building at MIT Stata Center

 

Catia CAD visual comparison for the Heart building at MIT Stata Center.

Photograph of one of the elements of MIT Stata Center

MIT Stata Center

Interior metalwork, mirror-polish stainless steel flatseam panels  at MIT

Interior metalwork, mirror-polish stainless steel flatseam panels at MIT.

CAD detail of the Giraffe building at MIT Stata CenterDetail photograph of the Giraffe building at MIT Stata Center

 

Detail CAD comparison of the Giraffe building at MIT Stata Center.

Mockup for one of the buildings at MIT Stata Center

Mockup for one of the buildings at MIT Stata Center.

CAD rendering for MIT Stata Center

CAD rendering for MIT Stata Center.

Photograph of the MIT Stata Center giraffe buildingConstruction photograph of the MIT Stata Center giraffe building

 

Construction comparison of the MIT Stata Center giraffe building.

Aerial photograph of MIT Stata Center during construction

Aerial photograph of MIT Stata Center during construction.

Vista building at MIT Stata Center during construction

Vista building at MIT Stata Center during construction.

Sunrise glows over the Pisa building at MIT Stata Center during construction

Sunrise glows over the Pisa building at MIT Stata Center during construction.

The Twins building at MIT, installation detail

The Twins building at MIT, installation detail.

Twins building during construction revealing the ZEPPS panel understructure

Twins building during construction revealing the ZEPPS panel understructure.

Vassar street during construction of MIT's Stata Center

Vassar street during construction of MIT's Stata Center.

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