Construction workers for the new Maseeh Hall (W1) joined Institute Chaplain Robert Randolph in the W11 Main Dining Room for coffee, light breakfast and a thank you for their hard work.
“We really appreciate what they’re doing," Randolph said. "Often we don’t get to meet the people who do the work, but it’s important and we want to show them that."
Hard hats filled the room as workers grabbed coffee and breakfast to warm up from the cold. With temperatures in the single digits, workers are thankful that most of the work is inside. "It would be a rough day to be on the roof," joked Travis Wanat, senior project manager for W1, who attended the breakfast along with Sonia Richards, program manager for W1.
Also in attendance were Maseeh Housemasters — Suzanne Flynn, professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, and her husband, Jack Carroll — as well as Henry Humphreys, senior associate dean for residential life and dining.
“This is the first time someone has done something like this for the workers," Humphreys said. "It’s a nice change."
On a daily basis, the workers are witnessing the transformation of Maseeh Hall — which was first built as a hotel in 1901 — into MIT's newest undergraduate dorm. "The character and the architecture of the building is just beautiful," said Chris Flaherty, one of the workers.
Visit the Maseeh Hall blog to see what the construction crew will be up to this week: http://studentlife.mit.edu/news/2011/01/today-maseeh-hall-coffee-hour-construction-crew