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All photographs by Benjamin Johnson/Shawmut Design and Construction
|DESIGN-BUILD FIRM||Shawmut Design and Construction with Miller Dyer Spears|
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2010 Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission
Originally built in 1901 and called Riverbank Court, the building was designed to be a hotel with apartments. It was purchased in the late 1930’s by MIT and converted into a residence hall for graduate students and was later named Ashdown House in honor of its first and long-time house master, Avery Ashdown. The building received an extensive renovation in part from a donation by alumnus Fariborz Maseeh. In recognition of his gift to the Institute, MIT renamed the undergraduate residence hall Maseeh Hall.
Opened in August of 2011, Maseeh Hall accommodates 460 students and adds another undergraduate living and learning community to MIT’s residential options. The renovated facility includes the new Howard Dining Hall, designed to encourage informal interactions and provides a full meal plan for residents and dining for other members of the larger MIT community. It creates a pleasant gathering place near the geographic center of the campus.
The renovation the building received is in accordance with the Institute’s environmental goals and contains many sustainable features. These include heat recovery methods in the HVAC system, energy efficient lighting, and sustainable finish materials. The construction waste management plan resulted in 93% of waste being recycled and diverted from landfills. Facilities is applying for LEED Certification for this renovation and expects to receive a LEED Silver rating or higher.
|Project Managers/MIT||Sonia Richards, Travis Wanat, and Bernard Richard|
|DESIGN-BUILD team||Shawmut Design and Construction with Miller Dyer Spears|
|Structural Engineer||Souza True|
|Landscape Architect||Michael Immel|
|food services consultant||Ricca Newmark|