MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, Building 4551 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Status: In construction
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Enhancement of life and learning
Construction is underway on a signature new building designed to house the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, MIT’s interdisciplinary hub for research and education in computer science, artificial intelligence, data science, and related fields.
Themes and priorities
Construction is underway on Building 45 to establish a headquarters for the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, established in 2019. The College is a unique interdisciplinary organization for research and education addressing the opportunities and challenges of the computing age — from hardware and software to algorithms and artificial intelligence — focused on three key areas: computing fields, computing across disciplines, and the social and ethical aspects of computing.
Centrally located at the former site of Building 44 on Vassar Street, Building 45 is designed to provide state-of-the-art research and education space, including two laboratories designed for multiple uses such as digital fabrication and robotics. Convening areas are expected to include a 250-seat lecture hall, spaces for project-based student work, and collaborative and gathering spaces to facilitate spontaneous interactions. The building’s shingled-glass façade and transparent elements will further encourage interaction and engagement between the community and the College. Research spaces will be concentrated on the building’s middle floors, and plans for the top floor include an event space and outdoor terrace offering views of the campus and the Boston skyline.
The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing engages faculty, students, and collaborators across a broad array of disciplines to pursue education, research, and innovation in computing and artificial intelligence (AI). Its reach extends from sciences and engineering to architecture and urban planning, business management, and the humanities and the arts. Building 45 is designed to reflect this uniquely broad yet focused approach, which aims to generate and support world-changing, multidisciplinary solutions grounded in computer science and AI innovations
The project team is targeting LEED v4 Gold certification at a minimum.
School or Unit
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), New York, NY
Construction manager: Suffolk Construction, Boston, MA
MIT Team: Emma Corbalán, Travis Wanat
In the News
- MIT Schwarzman College of Computing news round-up
- Design progresses for MIT Schwarzman College of Computing building on Vassar Street; New building will create a hub for computing research and education at MIT, including spaces designed to be inviting to members of the campus community and the public. MIT News, January 26, 2021
- 3 Questions: Dan Huttenlocher on the formation of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing; The inaugural dean shares an update on the process of building a college; MIT News, November 26, 2019
- Building site identified for MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing; Headquarters would replace Building 44, forming an “entrance to computing” near the intersection of Vassar and Main streets; MIT News, December 19, 2018
- MIT reshapes itself to shape the future; Gift of $350 million establishes the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, an unprecedented, $1 billion commitment to world-changing breakthroughs and their ethical application. MIT News, October 15, 2018