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MassArt dorm opens as school year begins

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  September 13, 2012 03:44 PM

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(Photo by Johanna Kaiser for boston.com)

The new Massachusetts College of Art and Design dorm as seen from Huntington Avenue.

Local and school officials gathered to celebrate a new dormitory that has been rising over Huntington Avenue and will now be home to students enrolled in the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The colorful 20-story dorm at 578 Huntington Ave. adds 493 beds for students and will be able to house all of MassArt’s freshmen and sophomores.

The additional on-campus housing is designed to help reduce the number of students living in neighborhood housing in the Mission Hill and Fenway areas, along with students from multiple colleges and universities.

The $61 million dorm, designed by ADD Inc., is part of the school’s $120 million expansion that includes plans for a design and media center and an overhaul of its public galleries.

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(Photo by Isabel Leon, City of Boston)

From left to right: James Morris, chairman of Mass Art Building Authority; John Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction; State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez; MassArt President Dawn Barrett; Boston Mayor Thomas Menino; MassArt President Emerita Kay Sloan; Wentworth Institute of Technology President Zorica Pantic; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences President Charles Monahan, Jr.; and Boston City Councilor Michael Ross pose at a ribbon cutting of the new dorm.


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