New Music Building construction underway, to be completed in 2024

Preparation for the construction of MIT’s new Music Building began in June and took place during the summer. According to the Capital Projects website, the building has a target completion date of 2024.

The website writes that the new building will be constructed to support MIT’s conservatory-level music program, the large number of students enrolling in music courses at the Institute, and ensemble and chamber groups on campus.

The building will have “spaces for performance, rehearsal, professional-level recording, research, and instruction, as well as a large-scale, purpose-built performance lab that will enable experimentation with various formats,” the website writes.

The construction of the building is expected to include “acoustical design elements for optimal listening, playing, and recording.”

The new building will be directly adjacent to the Kresge Auditorium, replacing its parking lot, and have building number W18. Site preparation and tree removal took place during the summer, and demolition of the parking lot and surrounding area, along with excavation for the new building’s garage, will begin in the fall.

The website adds that the building’s location near the Kresge Auditorium, Johnson Athletic Center, Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, Stratton Student Center, and many undergraduate dormitories will allow it to “contribute to the vibrancy and diversity of MIT’s evolving West Campus sector.”