W1 renovations paused amid economic uncertainty

Published in MIT News: October 28, 2008

Construction on the W1 residence hall will be paused as a precautionary measure amid general economic uncertainty.

Administrators said MIT remains committed to completing the $90 million renovation of W1, formerly known as Ashdown House, but the current economic environment calls for thoughtful deliberation around the project's timing. The building, which for many years served as a graduate residence hall, had been scheduled to become an undergraduate residence beginning in 2010.

To explore the best course of action, senior administrators have conducted a series of meetings with those groups and individuals most affected: the members of the Task Force for Student Engagement; housemasters of both W1 and NW35; W1's founding students -- the Phoenix Group -- who have formed a community in the new Ashdown House (NW35); and members of the Ashdown House Executive Committee.

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