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Smith College Mwangi Cultural Center

FACD helped Smith College and the Dean of Multicultural Affairs provide a refreshing and sophisticated new look for the Mwangi Cultural Center within the first floor of the Davis Center. Initially hired for a feasibility study, FACD later provided full services for the renovation of the Mwangi Cultural Center – a space used for multi-cultural events such as dinners, lectures, and club activities. Acoustic separation from the Davis Center gymnasium above, was a critical part of the project and budget. It involved the replacement of the ceiling with a suspended fire-rated system. This provided an opportunity to create a coffered ceiling to highlight large structural beams and existing window spacing. The transformation from “hole in the wall” to sophisticated space has been well-received by faculty and students alike. (Photo #1 courtesy of Shana Sureck Photography.)