Stratton Student Center, Building W2084 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Status: In construction
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 is currently proceeding with 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.
The project – based on plans developed with input from student working groups and community feedback – includes a new Wellbeing Lab for students on the third floor and the enhancement 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 ongoing improvements include a new central stairway, new lights and greenery throughout the building, new dining options, and a range of refreshed offices and spaces that incorporate warmer materials and colors. Accessibility upgrades and improvements indoors and outside are also part of the project. Partial re-opening of spaces in the Student Center began in September 2023 and will continue through the fall.