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Dreyfus Building

Roll over photo thumbnails to change large image.        All photographs by Kenneth Canaan.
Architect Payette Associates
Completed 2007
Scope 49,000sf infill of Building 6 courtyard
Design features
  • Creates center for Physics
  • Provides DMSE front door
    at Buildings 6 and 8 first floors
  • New Spectroscopy Laboratory
  • High bay research space
  • Provides upgrades for future renovations
    in Building 8 and the north half of Building 4.
  • Upgrades life safety in all of Buildings 4, 6, and 8

The recently completed expansion and renovation to the Main Group is a wonder on many levels: social, environmental and forward planning. First, the new space offers opportunities for the Physic Department’s faculty, students and staff that will enhance interactions among the three groups. It also continues the Institute’s energy initiative by replacing the windows in the courtyard with a modern efficient window system that also respects the historical significance of the Main Group. In addition, it provides significant infrastructure renewal and modernization—a step which can be expected to reduce future renovation costs.

The cornerstone of the project is the Green Center named for Cecil and Ida Green who have made a leadership gift for Physics. Others who made substantial contributions to the project include Neil (E.E. '64) and Jane Pappalardo, Virgil Elings (physics Ph.D. '66) and Jim (physics S.B. '53, Ph.D. '57) and Sylvia Earl.

Project Team 

Project Managers/MIT John Hawes and Milan Pavlinic
Architects Payette Associates
Program Planner Imai/Keller/Moore
MEP Engineers SEi
Structural Engineers Weidlinger Associates
Construction Manager Richard White Sons


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