Despite early summer's near-constant rainfall, MIT's
three major building projects -- the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative
Cancer Research, the Media Lab addition and the new MIT Sloan School of
Management building -- progressed as planned and are scheduled to be completed
The Media Lab addition will begin housing occupants in
late October, while Sloan should be finished by next summer and the Koch Institute
will open in late 2010, according to Richard Amster, director of the Department
of Facilities, Campus Planning, Engineering and Construction.
Several other construction projects began over the
summer, including work on the East Campus roadways, the Central Utility Plant
Chiller Expansion, and repair of the stairs at the base of the great dome.
Renovations took place on the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
lab on the Infinite Corridor; the Barker and Dewey libraries; an architecture
studio in Building 7, and a lab for continuous manufacturing in Building 66.
The restoration of the building envelope of W1 (the old Ashdown House), which
began in the spring, also advanced.
Ongoing renewal programs for roofs, fire alarm systems,
building facades and elevators also continued, and additional lab and research space was created for new faculty hires and faculty relocations.
Some work was not just for functionality; in
collaboration with the MIT List Visual Arts Center, public art conservation projects
were completed for the Henry Moore sculpture in Killian Court, the Noland mural
at the Media Lab and the Alexander Calder sculpture in McDermott Court.
And, in keeping with the greeningMIT initiative, the
Facilities' teams continued to focus on energy investment projects with
lighting and occupancy sensor upgrades in the Student Center, the Stata Center,
and Building 66, Amster said.