Construction on the upcoming residence hall in Boylston Place will start this summer, but the existing structure won't get any taller until late in the winter or early next spring.
At the Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday, Emerson administrators said upcoming construction projects will try to avoid noisy work at early hours.
Third places are important: they give people a chance to step outside of the obligations of home and career. Now Emerson students have one fewer option for a third place in an already limited roster.
The reverberation of jovial, beer-soaked banter in the Boylston alley will be replaced with the roar of demolition.
The Little Building project will focus on securing the structure, adding student beds by adding a new 13th floor, and revamping the dining hall.
How can Emerson, which already has well-known funding challenges, foot the bill for such an expensive undertaking?
The Boylston Place dorm is meant to house students who would otherwise have lived in Little Building while the 97-year-old structure undergoes long-needed renovations. Combined, the projects could cost $175 million total.
Boston’s city government cleared the way for Emerson College to build a new residence hall at 1-3 Boylston Place — a scaled-down version of the proposal that was declined in August 2013.
Instead of stepping into the bar of the Sweetwater Tavern for a pitcher of beer, students could be walking into a new 18-story, residence hall with a roof terrace and views of the Boston Common and the State House by Spring 2016.