Little Building renovations oust student spaces

by Nathanael King / Beacon Staff • September 15, 2016

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Little Building renovation plans
Courtesy of Arthur Mombourquette
Little Building renovation plans
Courtesy of Arthur Mombourquette

If you were thinking about finally setting up a consistent gym schedule, this is the semester to do it. 

The Fitness Center (along with the Cabaret) will be relocating from the Little Building basement, according to Arthur Mombourquette, senior associate vice president for real estate. 

An email to the Emerson community from Joshua Hamlin, director of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center, and Al Ragone, Business Services systems coordinator, announced that functions that usually take place in the Cabaret will be moved to the Bill Bordy Theater until the Little Building reopens. A replacement space for the fitness center has not yet been announced. 

The moves are in preparation for the January renovations of the Little Building. 

While this year’s renovations shouldn’t disrupt student residential life, the building’s dorms and dining hall will close over the summer of 2017 with prospects to reopen with updates fall 2019. 

Mombourquette said the vast majority of the first floor level of the Little Building on both Boylston St. and Tremont St. will return to commercial retail use. “[We want] retail use that serves our student population as well as the broader community,” Mombourquette said.

The college is using 3-D printing to help visualize the restoration of the Little Building. A company scanned the entirety of the building’s exterior so they could render it digitally, Mombourquette said. 

They will print rubber molds of the exterior pieces and pour concrete into the molds to create over 2,000 concrete casts, which the construction crew will use to restore the historic building’s frontage.