Project Spotlight: John R. Dimitry Building, Lawrence, MA

The Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Lawrence, MA recently unveiled a $6.5 million renovation of the college’s John R. Dimitry Building; and the transformation – lead by Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects – is a bright one! Named after the college’s second president who served as a major catalyst in the establishment and expansion of the Lawrence campus, the reconditioned Dimitry Building now features new windows, siding, parking space, and a striking new skylight from Major Industries illuminating the building’s common area.

Doors to the Dimitry Building reopened to students and staff just in time for the 2019 fall semester as temporarily relocated dental assisting programs, early childhood education courses, and other valuable resources returned to the now sunlit space. With over 8,500 students enrolled in NECC’s 60 plus associate and certificate programs and over 2,600 more participating in one or more of the college’s hundreds of noncredit courses, the primary purpose of this renovation was to provide these students with a positive learning environment. And few architectural elements are as beneficial to education as sunlight exposure.

Studies show that access to natural daylight throughout the school day not only improves concentration and overall cognitive performance, but a little supplemental sunlight can also improve sleep, mental well-being, and other factors that contribute to a positive and productive college experience. The building’s Guardian 275® single slope skylight from Major Industries allows students to socialize and study indoors while still soaking up the sun’s many advantages. By diffusing the incoming daylight, the skylight’s translucent panels also eliminate concerns of glare or hot spots that are common with standard glass skylights and make for an uncomfortable and unproductive study space for students.


For more information on how Major Industries can help bring light to your next higher education project in a way that saves the school money, enriches the well-being of students and staff members, and showcases the architect’s skills, contact our Sales Team at 888-759-2678 or