Dongik Lee of William Rawn Associates
The Berklee College of Music announced plans Tuesday to construct a new $65 million,16-story student building to its Back Bay campus.
Construction of the 170,000-square-foot building will begin in fall 2011, with completion expected by fall 2013, the college said in a statement.
The building will include 350 beds worth of dorm rooms, a two-story dining hall that will provide a venue for student performances, a music technology center with recording studios, practice and ensemble rooms, student lounges, and an exercise center.
The lower floors will have floor-to-ceiling windows and house retail space and a restaurant with live music, according to the college.
Another new building, the Berklee Crossroads project, is in the works for the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. The college said it originally planned for a 29-story performance and student-life space, but will lower the height to 24 stories in response to a request by neighborhood groups, with the second new building making up for the extra space needed.
The college said they plan to raze the existing building at 168 Mass. Avenue, a 13,355 square-foot lot purchased from the First Church of Christ, Scientist for $6.25 million in 2009.
Berklee said the college will discuss the project with Back Bay and Fenway neighborhood groups, and will present detailed plans to the Boston Redevelopment Authority in February 2011.
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