As part of the initial MIT 2030 priorities, MIT will be building a new Nano-Materials, Structures and Systems facility (nMaSS). By consolidating the Institute’s nanoscale research activities into a state-of-the-art facility, nMaSS will facilitate accelerated scientific discovery. MIT President Emeritus Susan Hockfield called the construction of nMaSS the “highest academic priority of the MIT 2030 campus development plan.”
The Institute considered several sites around campus for nMaSS. Given the need for a location with low levels of vibration and electromagnetic interference, which can interfere with sensitive equipment used in this type of research, it was determined that the most suitable location encompassed the footprint of Building 12. The MIT Executive Committee has fast-tracked this major project and construction will begin in summer 2014. As a result, all Building 12 residents need to move out of the building by July 1. This has major implications for DUE, since we occupy a significant amount of square footage in the building, including Global Education and Career Development (GECD), Office of Faculty Support (OFS), DUE Desktop Support, and the Tutorial Services Room (TSR).
Space planning is always a challenge at MIT. We could choose to relocate residents of Building 12 and leave it at that. However, this would be a missed opportunity to improve the use of space across DUE. Instead, we have initiated a comprehensive process that will consider all DUE space and result in a plan where space and strategy are better aligned. The planning is guided by the DUE space principles developed by the DUE Leadership Team in 2006 (listed at the end of article) and five strategic goals: