Arthur D. Little Building, E6030 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
Themes: Renovation and renewal
In keeping with MIT’s mission, the historic Arthur D. Little Building has been completely renovated and restored, enabling the Institute to preserve a landmark property while updating it for modern use.
Themes and priorities
A full renovation and restoration of the Arthur D. Little Building was completed in August 2011. This project, a key element of MIT’s strategic campus renewal, safeguarded an historic structure by making it compatible with the needs of today’s MIT educators and administrators.
The building, originally constructed in 1916, now serves as headquarters for the dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management and other Sloan administrative groups. Its renovation integrated the building’s landmark historic qualities with sustainable design strategies such as heat recovery, low-energy lighting, and high-performance spray foam insulation and has achieved LEED Gold certification. In addition, Building E60 now connects to MIT Sloan's new building, Building E62, the home of the Porter Center for Management Education.
This comprehensive renovation and restoration project won a preservation award from the Cambridge Historic Commission. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
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Architect: Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Construction manager: Walsh Brothers Inc., Boston, MA
MIT Team: Rich Quade and Sonia Richards
Sustainable Design Elements
- LEED Gold certification
- Heat recovery methods incorporated into HVAC systems
- Chilled beams, an energy-efficient air-conditioning system that uses water instead of air to remove heat
- High-performance spray foam insulation
- Efficient lighting design, controls, and daylight controls
- Green roof to provide natural insulation, absorb storm water, improve air quality, and help reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect
Preservation Award, Cambridge Historical Commission, 2011. The program honors property owners and project participants who have done outstanding work to protect the city’s architecture and historic resources.
In the News
Renovation plans offer MIT opportunities to save energy, improve design; Work aims to make the Institute more energy-efficient and to influence design standards in the construction industry; MIT News, February 4, 2013
MIT signs international charter, deepening commitment to campus sustainability; MIT News, May 18, 2011
- 157 Brattle St., former Arthur D. Little headquarters receive preservation honors; Cambridge Chronicle, May 5, 2011