Renovation, Renewal, & New Construction Projects
MIT has developed a capital planning framework “MIT 2030” to guide renovation and renewal of facilities and infrastructure across the campus.
As part of this Institute's "MIT 2030" capital planing efforts, MIT’s Division of Student Life, Department of Facilities, and the Office of Campus Planning have been working together to prioritize residential renewal projects that will help ensure that the residence halls continue to meet the needs of students for generations to come.
Follow the links below to learn more about current and upcoming residential projects at MIT.
Projects to enhance academic, research and other student spaces are happening across campus! Read more about these exciting projects.
West Campus Graduate Residence
[UNDER CONSTRUCTION UNTIL SUMMER 2024]: As part of MIT’s mission to advance its commitment to expanding graduate housing, the West Campus Graduate Residence on Vassar Street will add approximately 675 new beds to MIT’s housing stock and will enrich connections with the surrounding neighborhood. Construction is expected to proceed through the end of the summer of 2024.
Located adjacent to Simmons Hall on the site of Building W89 and the West Lot parking area, the residence will encompass two new-construction buildings framing a publicly accessible central plaza and green space that will serve as a gateway to the Fort Washington Historic District and Park. Flanking the plaza, the buildings will rise in five- and six-story sections and then step up to 10-story sections beyond the historic district. Housing options will consist of studios and one-, two-, and four-bedroom units, some with exterior entries.
East Campus Renewal
[ANTICIPATED RENEWAL STARTING SUMMER 2023]: East Campus has been selected as the next residential renewal project. Both East Campus parallels are anticipated to go offline after MIT’s 2023 Commencement exercises and will remain unoccupied for the duration of the renewal period, which is expected to last for two academic years.
Throughout the design process, the Division of Student Life and the project team will engage the house team and resident student leaders to ensure that the East Campus Transition Team (ECTT) works with the architects and provides input on the student life program elements of the design.
Information for the East Campus Community
Burton-Conner House Renewal
[REOPENING FOR THE FALL 2022 SEMESTER]: Burton Conner was built in 1928 as the Riverside Apartments and later acquired by MIT, serving as a residence hall since 1948. Burton Conner is currently offline for renewal and is targeted to reopen in August 2022. This long-needed investment is an exciting and positive development for student life and the student experience.
Graduate Tower at Site 4
[OPENED DURING FALL 2020]: Responding to the need for additional graduate student housing, MIT embarked on a project in Kendall Square that addresses this need and also creates a vibrant new innovation center as well as a new home for Admissions. The 450-bed Graduate Tower at Site 4 opened in Fall 2020. The new residence offers one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as efficiency units.
[OPENED DURING SPRING 2021]: As part of its mission to enhance the student experience, MIT moved forward with the construction of a new undergraduate residence hall that added 450 new beds. A Founders' Group comprised of students, faculty, and staff worked to establish the first new undergraduate community at MIT since Masseeh Hall opened in 2011.