By Marie Schult
Several Emerson offices have moved into leased space at the Walker Building at 120 Boylston St. These offices include Athletics, Human Resources, the Emerson Mailroom, Ploughshares, the Emerson Computer Store, Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management and TV, Radio and Film Production.
These moves are being done in conjunction with offices moving from 180 Boylston St. into 216 Tremont St. By next fall, offices including Financial Assistance, Student Accounts, the Registrar and the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders will move into 216 Tremont St.
All of these moves are meant to centralize student services, create more office space and free up 180 Boylston St. for academic purposes, according to Rob Silverman, vice president of administration and finance.
“[The move is] to make additional room for activities on the west side of campus,” Silverman said.
None of the offices seem to have major problems with their move to the Walker building and hope that it will prove a profitable choice for people using their facilities.
“We’re really concerned about the impact it will have on recruiting. We hope it will be a minimal disruption,” Athletic Director Joe Walsh said.
Director of Human Resources Rob Barradas said that for his department, the move to 120 Boylston St. means a “much nicer environment for us, more suitable to our needs.” Barradas is also excited about what this move means to his clients, who are not always Emerson affiliates.
“Our new office will be better for people who visit us and use our services,” Barradas said.
None of the offices will be downsizing or expanding their staffs. However, all of the departments involved in the move will be experiencing minor technological upgrades, such as Internet service. One major thing all of the departments are excited about is the permanence of the situation.
“This will be my fourth move in three years,” Walsh said.
All of the departments knew when they moved into the spaces they now occupy that it was a temporary situation.
The individual departments have nothing to do with financing the moves, and it is mainly a concern of Buildings Manager Marc Hamilton and Silverman. The College will be experiencing, “net saving in operating costs,” Silverman said.
This saving is mainly attributed to upgrading and maintenance. Upgraded equipment is easier to maintain, and the renovated buildings will be easier to clean, which cuts down on costs, according to Silverman.
When it comes to the design of the offices most of the departments have been working with an architect to make the most of the space they will be getting.
As Barradas said, “If it’s not great, I have only myself to blame.”