In just a few short months, Emerson College students will have a new place to call home and a dramatic, two-level dining room/multipurpose space to feed their bodies and imaginations.
This week, a video tour of 2 Boylston Place, an 18-story, 374-bed residence hall, was released on YouTube, which features both views of actual spaces taking shape within the building as well as drawings of what the social spaces will look like when done.
2 Boylston Place and the Dining Center at the corner of Boylston Street and Boylston Place are both in “finish mode,” meaning flooring is being installed and walls are being painted, said Michael Faia, director of construction management for Emerson.
Starting in late May, according to Faia, the alley (a/k/a Boylston Place) will look more like what it promises to be: a vibrant, welcoming, outdoor seating and strolling area, complete with flower boxes and lighting.
After all the systems are tested and O.K.’d by the city, this summer the furniture will move in and be ready for students at the start of the Fall 2017 semester.
When it’s finished, 2 Boylston Place will offer students a 14th-floor loft with an outdoor patio and stunning views of Boston Common; a 4th-floor common kitchen with exposed brick and stainless steel appliances; and 3rd -and 2nd-floor common areas for meeting, studying, and socializing. Students will live in single, double, and triple suites, as well as stand-alone triples, all with private bathrooms.
Over at the Dining Center, work continues on the exterior curtain wall, as kitchen equipment is being installed.
But before the campus greets the new residence and dining halls, it will say goodbye (for now) to the Little Building, which goes offline after the end of this semester for repairs and top-to-bottom renovations, reopening in Fall 2019.