Harold W. Pierce Boathouse renovation, Building W8409 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Status: In construction
Themes: Renovation and renewal
Enhancement of life and learning
To enhance the experience of student-athletes in its Division 1 crew program and of club rowers and community groups, MIT is undertaking a substantial renovation of the Pierce Boathouse.
Themes and priorities
Originally designed by Anderson, Beckwith & Haible and dedicated in 1966, MIT’s Harold W. Pierce Boathouse began as the home of a single crew team. The Institute’s rowing program has grown considerably since then and now consists of four Division 1 varsity squads (80 men and 90 women). MIT club rowers also use the boathouse’s storage and launch space, as do several public and community groups.
After conducting feasibility studies in 2015 and 2017, MIT determined that a substantial renovation of the boathouse would support the Institute’s Division 1 student-athletes and enhance the experience of the teams and the community. The building — to be renamed the Richard J. Resch Boathouse in recognition of a cornerstone gift from Richard Resch '61 — will receive new windows, a replacement dock for improved accessibility, and a deck extension to add a second means of egress. Inside, the renovation will include multiple building updates, including larger men’s and women’s locker rooms, expanded boat storage, new offices, and increased training spaces as well as a meeting area and other building upgrades.
“This renovation will be a great boon to the performance of our crews and the experience of our student-athletes,” said Tony Kilbridge, H.W. McCurdy '22 Director of Rowing and head coach.
School or Unit
- New insulated windows
- Extension of deck with connection to Memorial Drive
- Improved dock access in compliance with ADA
- Upgraded mechanical systems and building envelope
- New coach’s locker room
- Expanded coach’s office space
- Larger, redesigned locker rooms for men and women
- New exercise rooms
- Expanded boat storage