Richard J. Resch Boathouse renovation, Building W8409 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139
Themes: Renovation and renewal
Enhancement of life and learning
MIT's Boathouse underwent a substantial renovation to enhance the experience of student-athletes in its Division 1 crew program and of club rowers and community groups.
Themes and priorities
Originally designed by Anderson, Beckwith & Haible and dedicated in 1966, MIT’s 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 launched a substantial renovation project to upgrade the boathouse, support the Institute’s Division 1 student-athletes, and enhance the experience of the teams and the community. The building received new windows, a replacement dock for improved accessibility, and a deck extension to add a second means of egress. Inside, the renovation included 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
Sustainable Design Elements
- Water use reduction
- Low-flow fixtures
- LED sensor-driven lighting
- Low-emitting interior materials
- Replaced windows with thermally broken windows.
- Provided building-wide insulation