MIT will assess corroded pipes and problems with the HVAC system in New House before making a decision about whether to renovate or demolish the dorm.
Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88 and Vice President for Student Life Suzy Nelson have asked DormCon to begin looking into how to re-house New House residents who will be displaced when that dorm closes for renovations at the end of this academic year.
About 70 percent of New House’s roughly 200 continuing residents hope to continue living with the members of their house when the dorm goes offline for an expected two years, a survey of residents found.
Planners from the Office of Campus Planning and MIT Capital Projects groups have recommended that MIT fully renovate and repair New House instead of rebuilding it, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart PhD ’88 and Vice President of Student Life Suzy Nelson informed New House residents in an email Sunday.
New House renovations are expected to be complete in time for full occupancy for fall 2018, according Jennifer Hapgood-White, associate director of housing assignments, in an email sent to New House residents and residence hall house teams Jan. 5.
Several New House houses were offered the chance to move into Senior House last week – including iHouse, Desmond, and La Casa.