MIT Celebrates STL9 Grand Opening

Interior view of Building 9

Newton, MA – MIT’s Sam Tak Lee Building 9 is no stranger to the world of architecture, planning, and design: The School of Architecture and Planning, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Center for Real Estate are all housed within the building. It’s also where the new Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab is now housed. This new program and the comprehensive renovations, window replacement, and new systems upgrade, were funded in part by Sam Tak Lee’s $118 million donation.

Elaine Construction was hired to partner with Utile of Boston and the MIT Team to put a fresh face on Building 9.  The renovations, which were carried out in just 16 weeks over the course of the summer, included removal and replacement of over 83 windows, the relocation of all building systems from the basement to the rooftop, the renovation of floor 2, and partial renovation of floors 3 and 4 to support evolving departmental programs.

“Elaine Construction was thrilled to reunite with MIT and Utile for this significant fast-track summer renovation,” said Lisa Wexler, Elaine Construction president.


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