Dear Friends of the MIT Glass Lab,
We are writing to tell you about some exciting developments in our ongoing quest to renovate the Glass Lab and expand the program so that we can offer more glass blowing classes to more people. As many of you know, the beginning glass blowing class is the most oversubscribed class at MIT. The great news is that the space for a renovated and expanded Glass Lab has been identified!
A feasibility study authorized by the Committee for Review of Space Planning (CRSP) was completed this fall. Detailed plans and cost estimates were completed by architectural firm Imai, Keller and Moore and Turner Construction Company. The result has given us a clear picture of the future Glass Lab.
The plan is this: both the Glass Lab and the metal forge would both benefit from entirely renovated spaces. The Glass Lab would stay in room 4-003 and add another two work stations at the west end of the lab, and the forge would move directly across the hall to a space created by joining two existing adjacent rooms.
What’s exciting about this opportunity is that it not only gives us the chance to double the number of students who can take glass blowing classes, but it also enables us to make some very basic and important physical changes, such as:
- Install an air-handling system that is actually designed for our needs
- Design and build smaller, more versatile and energy-efficient equipment using new materials and control technologies;
- Create a modern floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the Infinite Corridor and the Glass Lab so that passers-by can get a much better look at the glass blowing experience;
- The hallway between the Glass Lab and metal forge rooms will be renovated to create a light filled and art inspired space.
We have authorization to expand the space. We have identified the costs. The time to act is now!
To make a tax-free donation online, visit the Glass Lab Renovation Fund at Giving to MIT. Or, send your donation by check. Checks must be made payable to “The MIT Glass Lab” with “MIT Account 3707200” in the memo field and mailed to: Barbara Layne, Materials Processing Center, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 76-653, Cambridge, MA 02139. For more information about Giving to the Glass Lab Renovation Fund, visit our giving page.
The Glass Lab community includes many people: MIT students, staff and faculty who have taken classes, instructors, parents, volunteers and attendees of the MIT Great Glass Pumpkin Patch and the Hazlegrove Lecture, and anybody who has ever bought a piece of glass in Lobby 10. This community has thus far been able to raise about $400,000 toward our goal of $1.9 million. Now that the plan is in place, please take a minute to look at the drawings above prepared by our project architects and consider making a donation that will help this plan become a reality.