New England School of Acupuncture
Newton, MA


With their lease coming to an end, New England School of Acupuncture saw the opportunity to improve their teaching and learning environment.  DRA was hired to survey the existing facility and develop a program to ideally house the functions of the school, clinic and pharmacy/bookstore.  Our design team listened to faculty, staff and students to fully understand how the spaces are used and what improvements could be made.

With a program in place, DRA examined several potential sites for program fit, projected quality of space, potential for growth and configuration efficiency. Specific considerations included, purchase vs. rental, location (parking and proximity to public transportation) and flexibility for change. 

Ultimately, the third floor of an old mill building was selected.  The design of the chosen site reflects NESA’s philosophy (founded in the Oriental Medicine tradition), efficiently combines classroom learning with clinical practice and fully integrates technology.


Adaptive Reuse
of a former Mill Building
21,400 SF Renovation

To learn more about this project, services provided, and our College & University practice, please email us:

Massachusetts Studio
235 Bear Hill Road, Fourth Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
T. 617.964.1700
F. 617.964.1701

Connecticut Studio
225 Oakland Road, Studio 205
South Windsor, CT 06074
T. 860.644.8300
F. 860.644.8301


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