The Pendleton West renovations are one of the earliest Campus Renewal projects to begin construction to better serve Wellesley College. The renovations makes it more amenable to the arts, including a complete overhaul of existing space and an addition for both visual and musical arts.
The primary goals for the Pendleton West renovations are optimizing the space’s functionality, sustainability and accessibility. The addition incorporates classroom, studio, and rehearsal spaces to accommodate emerging and traditional media, Air conditioning is added for the first time, new sound recording studio, space is opened up for more sunlight to reach the middle of the building and the new internal space is painted in neutral and understated colors so as not to detract from the quality of the art being displayed. Lounge and break spaces are also added for students to rest.
To increase accessibility, a walkway is built on the hill from Pendleton West to Lulu and an elevator is installed at the bottom of the hill facing College Road. The elevator is connected to a new state-of- the-art lecture room fit for all departments. The interior of Pendleton West has been completely demolished and has a new layout to address the technical needs of a 21st century art building.