Print and Copy Center relocates and upgrades from LB to street

by Madelyn Abry / Beacon Correspondent • September 13, 2012

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The new Print and Copy Center is now open to the public
The new Print and Copy Center is now open to the public

Amid buzzing printers churning out 100-page documents, two workers struggle to keep up with the requests of the line of customers leading up the stairs. The Print and Copy Center in the Little Building is moving from it’s formerly busy and cramped atmosphere to a new location on Boylston St. 

The new Print and Copy Center at 98A Boylston Street, while still undergoing the final phases of construction, officially opened to the public on September 10. 

The previous facility—located at 120 Boylston Street in the first level of the Little Building—will be used as an annex for the Equipment Distribution Center (EDC). Timothy

McKenna, Manager of the EDC, said the Film Annex will house film equipment forlower-level film courses.

In past years, the location was used as a field office for construction in the Colonial Building.

The Print and Copy Center offers a wide range of services for Emerson students and local residents through a contract with print management company Collegiate Press. Services include large format printing, graphic design help, and business card production.

Jay McMahon, manager of the Print and Copy Center, said he is most excited for the 100 square feet of added storage space that will store all the products needed to service over 70 of the schools copiers.

“This location that we’re in right now has been here for years and since I came on board four years ago both the Colonial and the Paramount dorms have been added, which has taken the student body up to 2000 on campus,” said McMahon. “So, as you can see, we have really outgrown the space.”

Director of Business Services Andrew Mahoney said he has high hopes for the new location.

“What we intend to do is provide a better level of service, more centrally located, probably service the larger community,” said Mahoney.

Mahoney said one of the main issues with the former location was the lack of visibility, as the front of the center is currently obscured from the public by the Little Building scaffolding.

Mahoney said another issue the college addressed was the large form printing or large poster printing is currently housed and operated in the Mail Services Center, also operated by Collegiate Press. The new space will allow for this large printer to be housed in the Print and Copy Center.

Mahoney believes that having all the equipment under one roof will really increase the business for a service that he said many people don’t know exists.

Associate Vice President for Facilities and Campus Services Jay Phillips said that different departments within the school competitively bid on the project and the scope of spending was modest. Phillips said he was unable to  provide an exact number for the cost of the project.

Some students say they have mixed feelings regarding the relocation.

“I feel like something else could have gone in there, like a restaurant or something,” said James Harness, a senior journalism major.

Mahoney said the overall goal of the project is to solidify the college’s presence on Boylston.

“We want to brand this place, said Mahoney. “This is our territory. This is us.”