Joyce Cummings Center

  • Medford/Somerville
  • Complete
Exterior view of Joyce Cummings Center

Campus: Medford/Somerville
Status: Complete

Schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, The Fletcher School
Completed: 2021
Design Architect: Stantec
Construction: PROCON, Inc.

Description of Joyce Cummings Center

Located on College Avenue next to the Medford/Tufts MBTA Green Line station, the multidisciplinary Joyce Cummings Center houses the Computer Science, Economics, and Math departments as well as the Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Studies, The Fletcher School’s Executive Education Program, the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Tufts Gordon Institute, the Derby Entrepreneurship Center, the Data Intensive Studies Center, and the Tufts Institute for Artificial Intelligence. The Center is a hub for academic collaboration, innovation, and research and offers state-of-the-art meeting and learning spaces.

Project Design Priorities

Innovation and Collaboration
The building was designed with an open, communal layout incorporating several study spaces to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration. It includes 15 learning spaces, five seminar rooms, computer teaching labs, a 160-seat auditorium, and three large classrooms that can be converted to host 300 people for symposia, conferences, and special events.

With efficient heating, cooling, lighting, and high-performance insulation, the Joyce Cummings Center supports Tufts’ commitment to becoming carbon-neutral on the Medford/Somerville campus by 2050. Sustainability features include triple-glazed windows, a rooftop solar array, and a plaza that incorporates drought-resistant plants. Read more about what makes JCC an ultra-efficient, sustainable building.

The building's lower level features accessible parking and an accessible entrance conveniently located across from Halligan Hall's accessible entrance. The building is also accessible from the plaza at the intersection of College Ave. and Boston Ave. Other amenities include five all-gender restrooms, two lactation rooms, and one prayer room.

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