Building 12 could be demolished as early as Summer 2014, pending approval from the City of Cambridge. The building’s demolition will make way for the Nano-Materials, Structures, and Systems Lab (nMaSS), to be completed in 2018. Photo: Melissa Renée SchumacherMIT’s Director of Campus Planning, Engineering & Construction, Richard L. Amster, confirms that the university’s Building 12 could be demolished as early as this summer, pending approval by the City of Cambridge. The removal of the building will make way for the Nano-Materials, Structures, and Systems Lab (nMaSS), which is projected to be completed in 2018.
Amster says that Building 12 is currently “a tired old building that sub-optimizes the use of space at its incredible location.” Amster also mentioned that the location of nMaSS on the building 12 site is beneficial because it serves as a crossroads for a lot of technical work related to the research that will go on at nMaSS. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering labs in Building 4 and the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) in Buildings 26, 36, and 38 are all nearby.
The construction of nMaSS will bring together research and equipment related to nanotechnology and materials that are currently spread across several different areas of campus. The new building will also include cleanroom space and other amenities to accommodate new, more sensitive research equipment. In a video released in April 2011 outlining the MIT 2030 plan, former MIT President Susan J. Hockfield referred to the construction of nMaSS as the Institute’s “highest academic priority” in the plan for campus development.
The first floor of Building 12 gets a fair amount of traffic during the day. It is currently the home of a few classrooms, an athena cluster, the Global Education and Career Development Offices, the Writing and Communication Center, and the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, among other programs. The offices in Building 12 have been notified of the impending move and are beginning to formulate their plans find alternate space on campus.