MIT | West Campus Graduate Residence
In 2018, MIT engaged ACC to develop a new student housing community to increase housing options and capacity for MIT's graduate students. Built on a challenging and narrow site, the community offers 676 beds in apartment-style floor plans in two low- and high-rise buildings flanking a central plaza that re-envisions MIT’s west campus into a dynamic, urban residence that will engage the greater campus community. Proximate to several bus routes and community resources, the project transforms a surface parking lot into an engaging residential environment with lively streetscapes and a green space gateway to the adjacent Historical District.
Regenerating an Urban Ecosystem
The West Campus Graduate Residence is designed to achieve LEED platinum certification, achieved primarily through energy savings gained in reduced energy use and a high-performance building envelope with minimal thermal bridging. Photovoltaic arrays, green roofs and terraces, gardens, two entry courtyards and a mix of 150 new tree plantings all contribute to an ecologically productive and biodiverse neighborhood in a dense and underused part of MIT's urban campus.
ACC served as developer and construction manager for the West Campus Graduate Residence. MIT elected to fund the project through the use of its own balance sheet. ACC will provide marketing/leasing, assignments, rent collection and facilities management services for the community when opened in 2024.