The 95,000-square-foot, four-story building may retain its historical character as a century-old factory—the original wood floors are still here, along with massive wood beams—but it now features an interior design that’s fluid and bright, with plenty of open space, contemporary colors, and inviting furniture. The fact that people—not walls—define how the space is used is best illustrated on the fourth floor, where students mingle and study in a light-filled, 20-foot-wide gallery that’s lined with white boards. 

The spirit of creative collision is demonstrated by the diversity of the departments housed in CLIC. Physics and astronomy, community health, and occupational therapy are all here, as are some faculty with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. You’ll also find the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s degree program in Human Factors, and the Tufts Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies program also has a presence in the building.  

 

Collaboration in Action

Jennifer Allen, chair of the Department of Community Health

Jennifer Allen. Photo: Ian MacLellan.

To see the kinds of exciting ideas that have already been sparked across departments at CLIC, look no further than the efforts of Sasha Fleary, assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, and Jennifer Allen (at left), chair of the Department of Community Health.

They’re working together on research projects that include using Twitter to promote the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in public housing. Allen has also teamed up with occupational therapy colleagues to explore new partnerships with her department.

“It’s been really exciting to be” in a place where collaboration has sprung up organically, Allen said. “I do think that bringing our ideas to fruition has been facilitated by being together in this building.”