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CSAIL Delays Planned Move to Stata Center

The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory was slated in January to start moving into the $285 million Ray and Maria Stata Center, in progress since 1999.

In an e-mail sent late last night, lab director Rodney A. Brooks said the move would be delayed:

Dear colleagues,

Up until this morning the Stata Project Team were still aiming at getting our move started on Jan 12th and extending through the rest of the month.

Due to a combination of factors it now looks like we will not be starting our move at that time. We are working with the Project Team to identify a new date that will not have to change again. The aim is to move when the network infrastructure has been adequately tested and when almost all work in our space has been completed.

A March move is being discussed as the best solution to the constraints, but there are still a number of discussions to be had and it could be sooner. I’ll let you know as soon as we are able to fix a definitive date.

In the meantime don’t despair! For those of you who have seriously started thinking about the move you know there is a lot of sorting, packing and discarding to be done. I suggest you continue this work (or start it), and, for instance, pack your more archival material that you are not likely to need for the next while into orange crates over the next few weeks. Then when the move really does come you will be able to finish sorting and packing without much distruption to your schedule.

Thanks for your patience!

--Rod