To accommodate the expansion of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown is creating a 31,000 gsf facility incorporating the existing structure at 65 Charlesfield Street.
The Institute currently occupies two buildings — a three story main building at 111 Thayer Street and the renovated house at 59 Charlesfield Street. The intent of the project is to create space for program growth, to strengthen interdisciplinary activities and to further enhance the academic quad and shared public spaces. The project’s design will enhance the streetscapes of Brook and Charlesfield Streets, and improve the usability of Starr Plaza and its expanded role as a unifying element that engages all of the Institute’s buildings.
Ed Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute, discusses the project: Conversation Starter: New Watson Quad is About Bringing People Together. This project was designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating from the USGBC.