August 31st, 2012
In 2006, MIT President Susan Hockfield announced a major campus development program that would invest approximately three-quarters of a billion dollars in new and renovated facilities on the school’s 154-acre Cambridge campus, and which included the Sloan School Expansion. This expansion added a new classroom building, E62 (address: 100 Main St.), with approximately 210,000 square feet of space that houses 205 offices, 6 classrooms, more than 30 group study rooms, a dining area, an Executive Education suite, lounge areas and new, usable outdoor spaces. It was completed in time for the start of classes in fall 2010 and dedicated in May 2011, to coincide with MIT’s 150th anniversary.
The new classroom building is described on the MIT Web site as “the ‘greenest’ building on the entire MIT campus.” One recent Sloan alumna we interviewed who works in a building near the MIT campus and has been watching the new building gradually go up reflected, “It’s going to make such a big difference to student life. The building we used was fine but didn’t really encourage congregating. The new building is going to become a real social center, the new heart of the Sloan program.”
A student from the Class of 2012, the first class to enter Sloan after the new building opened, echoed these comments, describing E62 as “the social hub at Sloan. It’s where students meet to socialize, eat (the cafeteria provides some of the best food in the neighborhood) and work on class projects. It’s probably one of the more significant things Sloan has done recently, as it provides the ideal networking space not only for students but also for the many professionals who come to check out the new building and recruit MBAs. The new building really adds to the Sloan experience, and I can’t imagine life before it!”