Fulfillment of a long standing goal to bring The School of Architecture, Urban Studies and CRE under one roof was realized with the gut renovation of space within Building 9. Working within an occupied building – architectural classes taking place above and below the construction, and with occupied faculty offices on the floor, Elaine had to carefully sequence construction to limit disturbance to faculty, staff, and students.
The scope of work for the 8,000SF facility included all new M/E/P systems and finishes. Originally designed by SOM, this cast-in-place concrete building posed challenges in drilling, coring, and cutting through the concrete to run conduit and locate electrical and A/V boxes to serve the state-of-the-art lecture hall and conference rooms. The existing footprint, high windows, and limited enclosed ceiling area, necessitated careful coordination of mechanical systems to accommodate tight allowances. Finally, custom fabrication of an “MIT Standard” steel door and window framework by Hopes required the team to issue an early release package in advance of 100% Design Development. The team engaged in intense planning sessions to resolve issues in the field and achieve the Owner’s schedule.
Architect: Utile Design
Schedule: 6 Months
August 25, 2015