College of Computing headquarters to replace Building 44

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Anticipated completion date is late 2022, with demolition to begin this fall

By Jessica Shi

Jan. 10, 2019

Building 44, or the Cyclotron, is expected to be demolished this fall to make way for the College of Computing’s new headquarters. MIT has emphasized the ideal location of this site, which is close to other computing-related buildings.

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The current site of Building 44 (known as the Cyclotron) has been identified as the preferred location for the new College of Computing headquarters, according to an article by MIT News published Dec. 19.
“Proximity relative to multiple campus communities was a key factor” in selecting Building 44, Associate Provost Krystyn Van Vliet — who is responsible for Institute space planning, assignment, and renovation — wrote in an email to The Tech Wednesday.
“Other key factors were availability of an appropriate volume of space, and the impact to the current MIT campus teaching and research activities,” Van Vliet continued.
Building 44 is located on Vassar Street on the block between Main Street and Massachusetts Avenue. It is about a six minute walk from most buildings on main campus. The MIT News article described Building 44 as having a “centralized location,” citing its proximity to “a cluster of computing- and AI-focused departments, centers, and labs.”
“You can think of [the] intersection of Vassar and Main as the ‘entrance to computing,’ ” Van Vliet told MIT News.
The final design of the headquarters is “still months away,” the article said, but in addition to the main purpose of providing space for faculty groups, possible features include “convening spaces” for interdisciplinary seminars and an “open office” concept to promote collaboration.
“It is likely that some classes will be held in the building, but those details will be developed later in 2019,” Van Vliet wrote in her email.
The anticipated completion date of the headquarters is late 2022. All current occupants will be moved to new locations by late …

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