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Students Move In To NW30

By Jennifer Krishnan


After being housed in the University Park Hotel since August 16, graduate students began yesterday to move into the new dormitory in Building NW30.

Project Manager John B. Hawes, Jr., said he had hoped that the dormitory would be completed by August 1. Residents were told they would be able to move in on August 16.

“It’s still not done,” said Housemaster Steven R. Lerman ’72. While residents are now able to move into their rooms, much of the common space in the building remains incomplete. These include the basement and several parts of the first floor. Hawes said most of the common areas will be useable by September 1.

Director of Housing Operations Karen A. Nilsson said plans for a roof deck for the building are still pending. “We hope, in the near future, to raise funds to build a roofdeck,” she said. The dormitory must also go through Cambridge zoning regulation procedures, Nilsson said.

Hawes said the roofdeck would probably be finished in Spring 2002.

Lerman said the air conditioning was not yet working yesterday, and that some additional staircases remained to be built.

“But it’s a beautiful dorm,” Lerman said.

Contingency plans were needed

Hawes said that he and the Office of Residential Life and Student Life Programs had come up with the plan to house residents in the hotel in June, “but at that point, we were still hoping it would be just a contingency plan.” About two weeks ago, it became clear that it RLSLP would have to resort to the back-up plan, he said.

Nilsson said that only about 25 students ended up being housed in the hotel. They were permitted to move their belongings into the dormitory, but could not sleep there.

“It wasn’t a problem for me,” said Jennifer Adamchuck G, who arrived in Cambridge on Friday, August 17. “They handled it pretty well ... The [House] Managers have been very helpful.” She said MIT paid for her to park in the hotel’s parking lot and provided all residents with $20 on a meal card each day.

“There are a few things not quite working, but all the basics are working,” Adamchuck said.

Two more dorms to open in 2002

Simmons Hall, which will house over 300 undergraduates, and 70 Pacific St., which will house more than 600 graduate students, are both scheduled to open in August 2002. Only 120 graduate students will live in NW30.

Lerman said that because NW30 is a smaller dorm, the delay in its opening is “a more manageable problem.” Housing 300 undergraduates in the University Park Hotel would be unreasonable, he said.

Nilsson said since the completion of both Simmons and 70 Pacific are a year away, it is hard to tell if they are behind schedule. Contingency plans include hiring extra workers and having them work overtime and on weekends, she said.

What’s in a name?

The Institute’s official name for Building NW30 is 224 Albany St. Some residents, including Housemaster Lerman, refer to it by a nickname, “The Warehouse.”

MIT buildings are only officially named by a vote of the Corporation. Historically, building have only been named for donors (like the Green building) or to honor selected individuals (like the Stratton Student Center), Lerman said.