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New House Renovation, Building W70

MIT’s New House dormitory will undergo a wholesale renovation following a careful planning and design process that engages the dorm’s students and helps preserve their individual living groups through the relocation period.

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Aerial view of W70 (Photo: C. Harting)

New House Renovation, Building W70

471-476 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Status: In design

Themes: Renovation and renewal
Enhancement of life and learning

Completion: 2018

MIT’s New House dormitory will undergo a wholesale renovation following a careful planning and design process that engages the dorm’s students and helps preserve their individual living groups through the relocation period.

Overview

Aerial view of W70 (Photo: C. Harting)
Entrance of W70 (Photo: J. Rissmeyer)

Status

In design

Completion Date

2018

Themes and priorities

Renovation and renewal
Enhancement of life and learning

Constructed in 1975, New House dormitory is home to a vibrant community that encompasses nine living groups, including the cultural groups Chocolate City, French House, German House, and Spanish House. An extensive renovation of the 41-year-old building is slated to begin in June 2017, based on a recent feasibility study conducted by the Office of Campus Planning and the MIT Capital Projects group. This renovation will include substantial infrastructure upgrades in Houses 3-6 of the dormitory as well as other quality of life improvements throughout all six Houses.

The Office of the Chancellor and the Division of Student Life plan to work closely with New House students during the design phase of the project to develop specific plans for each of the nine living groups to help sustain them through the renovation and relocation periods.

A phased renovation schedule will enable a portion of the residence to remain open to students during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Image credits

C. Harting, J. Rissmeyer

Details

Address

471-476 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

School or Unit

Housing

Use

Residential

Project Team

Architect: Goody Clancy, Boston, MA

MIT Team:  Kevin Carr, James May, Paul Murphy

Scope

115,000 gsf

Map

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