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Details for 1-3 Boylston Place project

Boylston rendering

An artist's rendering of the future 1-3 Boylston Place building, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017. (Image from Elkus Manfredi Architects)

In an email sent November 13, President Lee Pelton updated the Emerson community about construction plans for 1-3 Boylston Place and plans to renovate the Little Building.

The College recently received approval by the Board of Trustees to move forward with planning for both projects. 

Having already received the necessary City permitting to build an 18-story, 380-bed student housing project at 1–3 Boylston Place that will also include student social space, the College plans to begin construction of 1–3 Boylston Place in May 2015, to be completed in summer 2017, and ready for students to move into the building at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year.  

As stated in President Pelton’s email, “The location of this dormitory will go a long way in making clear that the reconfigured Boylston Place corridor represents a striking and signature entrance to our urban campus. It will strengthen the College’s sense of place in downtown.”

The College is planning to replace the façade of the Little Building, which has been deteriorating; renovate the dining hall; improving the extant stairwell egress; and reconfigure and upgrade common spaces; and add 290 new student beds to the 750 beds currently in the building.

Repairs to the Little Building would begin in May 2017 and conclude in the summer of 2019, ready for student occupancy beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year.

When both projects are completed in 2019, the total number of student beds will be 2,586, an increase of 670 student beds, which will provide housing for first-year, sophomore, and junior classes —nearly 75% of undergraduates.

More detailed presentations of the two projects will take place on campus as planning moves forward.  

“These are exciting and innovative projects that reinforce our commitment to the Boston campus and will move us forward toward our aspiration to be the global hub for higher learning in liberal arts, arts, and communication,” said President Pelton in his email. 

Read Pelton's full remarks

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