A Remarkable Transformation
Enhancing Our Campus for Students and Community
Emerson College is in the midst of a remarkable campus transformation that will create exciting new living and learning environments for students, restore landmark facilities, establish a sense of place for students, faculty, and staff, and enhance the vibrancy of the surrounding Boston community.
“Our new residence hall at 2 Boylston Place, new Dining Center at the corner of Boylston Street and Boylston Place, and a restored Little Building at 80 Boylston Street will reinforce our commitment to the Boston campus,” said President Lee Pelton.
When both residence hall projects are completed in 2019, Emerson will house more than 2,570 students in exceptional residential facilities, an increase of 660 students. All of the College’s first-year, sophomore, and junior classes (nearly 75% of undergraduates) will live on-campus.
2 Boylston Place
This 18-story, 375-bed residence hall at 2 Boylston Place is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017, and ready for students to move in at the beginning of the 2017–2018 academic year. In addition to student residences, the project will create much-needed student social space, and will contribute to making the Boylston Place corridor a striking, signature entrance to our urban campus. Its convenient proximity to the new Dining Center (outlined below) will foster new opportunities for students to come together, collaborate, and connect with each other.
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Opening Fall 2017, Emerson’s new Dining Center will — along with 2 Boylston Place — complete the transformation of the Boylston Place corridor as an active, vital hub for student life at the very heart of campus. With more than 18,000 square feet and seating for 550 (a significant increase in capacity compared to Emerson’s current main dining hall), the Dining Center will provide space not just for meals, but for gathering, performing, socializing, and events.
The two levels within the Dining Center will be connected by a grand, open staircase. There will be seating on both levels, with additional warm-weather café seating on Boylston Place that will complement the 2 Boylston Place student residence hall. Private dining rooms and small social areas will be available for meals, meetings, and other campus events, as well as a stage on the lower level which students may use for café-style performances and rehearsals. Throughout the facility, spaces are designed to foster interaction, with dynamic lighting, flexible design, and seating that can be changed to meet the evolving needs of Emerson students and the College community.
Following completion of 2 Boylston Place and the Dining Center, the College will begin a comprehensive renovation of the Little Building — a project that will not only repair and replace the building’s façade, but also increase student and general-purpose social space, reconfigure and upgrade residence hall rooms, and improve circulation. When complete, the building will accommodate 1,040 students, an increase of approximately 290.