Phi Beta Epsilon's Renovations a Family Affair
With a pioneering design that incorporates dedicated collaborative learning space, state-of-the-art technical, audio/visual, and communications capabilities, and a solar panel that will help cut energy consumption by up to 20%, the Phi Beta Epsilon house at 400 Memorial Drive has passed the halfway-mark of its 28-week construction plan.
On June 2, PBE Alumni Corporation President Steve Carhart ’70 led the first public tour of the building and shared plan details with visitors. “We are trying to reinvent the community and living culture of this fraternity,” he said, “and by doing so expand the network of lifetime social and professional brothers.” Carhart expects the house to re-open in time for fall recruitment. The building was last renovated in 1970.
“It’s by far the most ambitious fraternity house renewal project ever at MIT,” said Bob Ferrara ‘67, Senior Director in the Division of Student Life. More than three-quarters of the $7.2 million budget has been pledged by constituents including chapter alumni and friends of the fraternity.
The project is a family affair, including Carhart, architect Alan Joslin ‘77, and project manager Michael Skeldon ‘87, who are also PBE brothers. “It feels great to be working with so many graduating classes and individuals. This project has really brought us all together,” said Joslin, a Principal at Epstein Joslin Architects who was retained to work on the design.
Current chapter president Christian Reed ‘14 echoed his brothers’ anticipation, saying, “We are really excited to move in, and know it is going to help with recruitment this fall.”