Harvard Business School’s Tata Hall Reflects Technology and Sustainability

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ASSA ABLOY provided a range of door-opening solutions as part of a sustainable state-of-the-art construction for Harvard Business School’s Tata Hall.


Demand for Harvard Business School executive programs continues to rise and the construction of Tata Hall, a new facility named for alumnus Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, which enriches the learning experience of executive students and also reflects its state-of-the-art practices in the areas of technology and sustainability, helps Harvard meet its executive education program demands.


Harvard was challenged to design and construct a sustainable, technology-rich facility that would house roughly 180 bedrooms, two-tiered classrooms, living group rooms and informal gathering spaces, in its seven story facility. This facility needed to provide functional security for new executive program attendees each week while also contributing to its sustainability goals.


ASSA ABLOY collaborated with William Rawn and Associates (architect) and Harvard to identify the best solutions to meet the everyday sustainability needs and the access control required for various groups of students monthly. The arc-shaped, glass and brick building contains CECO sustainable openings with Sargent decorative hardware, Pemko thresholds and weatherstripping meeting its need for Sound Transmission Control (STC) on classrooms and large meeting rooms. Integrated Wiegand Harmony locks from Sargent provide the card access control on bedrooms and are part of a complete door opening solution with Graham wood doors.

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