Walsh Bros. to Build New Undergrad Residence

New MIT residence hall / rendering courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture

Boston – Walsh Brothers, Inc. has been selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for preconstruction and construction management services for a new undergraduate residence hall. This high-profile project will incorporate sustainable strategies to reduce energy and strengthen community.

The building is slated to be ready for students by fall 2020. MIT is committed to building performance that is expected to meet or exceed LEED v4 Gold certification.

The university has challenged Walsh Brothers and the project design team of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. and DiMella Shaffer to integrate architectural and project delivery approaches that will provide innovative, economically reasonable and technically feasible solutions to sustainable construction.

Working as a collaborative team early in the design of the new building will allow for the review of options to improve the building’s systems and materials used, as well as the most beneficial approach to how the building will be constructed on time and on budget.

The undergraduate residence will be located on Vassar Street on MIT’s West Campus in Cambridge, on the current site of the West Garage. The residence will be designed to achieve the maximum bed count for the selected site, along with a complement of activity, support, and community spaces shaped by student input.

“The hallmark of Walsh Brothers is our team’s innovative spirit to find a better way to build,” said Richard Walsh, President and CEO of Walsh Brothers. Participation in this “think tank” effort to break new ground in sustainable construction practices is an acknowledgement of our long history in developing innovative building solutions, successful sustainable construction and decades of building on university campuses. We are very proud to join MIT in this unique effort.”