Stratton Student Center, Building W2084 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Status: In design
Themes: Renovation and renewal
Enhancement of life and learning
This project aims to strategically improve and upgrade the Stratton Student Center and create a welcoming campus hub for wellbeing, performance arts and dance, healthy eating, and community building.
Themes and priorities
Designed by Eduardo Catalano, then a professor of architecture at MIT, the Stratton Student Center opened in 1968; since then, the needs of the student community have evolved, and the building’s infrastructure has aged. MIT has undertaken a strategic improvement project to update key aspects of the infrastructure and strengthen the Student Center as a campus hub focused on wellbeing, performing arts and dance, healthy eating, and community building, where students can relax and recharge.
Project plans – developed with input from student working groups and community feedback – include a new Wellbeing Lab for students on the third floor, and the reinforcement of a “lounge network” to encourage informal gatherings and collaboration on each floor of the building. This network will include a new flexible lounge on the first floor, a revitalized Stratton Lounge on the second floor, and repurposed space on the fourth floor. The fourth floor will also have two upgraded multipurpose rooms to accommodate dance and movement activities as well as community gatherings.
Additional planned improvements include constructing a new central stairway, placing new lights and greenery throughout the building, and refreshing outdated finishes using warmer materials and colors. Accessibility upgrades and improvements indoors and outside are also planned.
School or Unit
Architect: Gensler, Boston, MA
Construction manager: Elaine Construction Company, Newton, MA
MIT Team: Thayer Donham, Amy Kaiser, Alan Molin
In the News
- Stratton Student Center to undergo renovation; The renovations reflect a vision of the student center that emphasizes wellbeing; The Tech, May 26, 2022