CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Phi Beta Epsilon Corporation today announced that it will host a Community Open House on October 21. The purpose of the gathering will be to dedicate its recently renovated fraternity house and thank the many members of the MIT community who have contributed to the success of the project. Invited guests will include faculty and administrators actively involved in student life issues at MIT; alumni volunteers; leaders of the student community; and friends of the fraternity.
“This project represents not only a physical environment which will house our next generation of MIT undergraduates, but also a tangible manifestation of the human commitment our alumni make to our culture of mentorship for undergraduate members. Our major goal is to facilitate learning relationships for them with upperclassmen and alumni which will support their success at MIT and in future social and professional endeavors,” said Steven Carhart ’70, President of the Phi Beta Epsilon Corporation. “At this gathering we wish to thank the many members of the broader MIT community who have been so supportive of this project over recent months and years, particularly the Independent Residence Development Fund which has provided invaluable financial and moral support," he concluded.
The $7.2 million renovation project represents the culmination of a decade of planning and fundraising by the fraternity. It was designed by an alumnus of the house, Alan Joslin '77, a principal of Epstein Joslin Architects, based on the guidance of the undergraduate and alumni members. The project is intended to set new standards for the quality of undergraduate residential life at MIT through its adoption of advanced audio-visual learning equipment; project collaboration areas; spacious public areas; broad application of sustainability technologies; full disability access; and state of the art durability and low maintenance characteristics. The house was originally built in 1916 when the fraternity moved to Cambridge together with MIT, and was last renovated in 1970. Construction activities began in February of this year, and were performed by Metric Construction Corp. of Boston. Owner’s Project Management was by alumnus Michael Skeldon '87, of Prospectus, LLC. Full details of the renovation are available at www.epsteinjoslin.com/current/phi-beta-epsilon-house-at-mit.
Phi Beta Epsilon, established in 1890, is MIT’s oldest local fraternity founded exclusively by and for MIT students. Phi Beta Epsilon is a member of the MIT Interfraternity Council. The Phi Beta Epsilon Corporation is the association of the house's alumni which owns and maintains the fraternity house at 400 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA, and provides the undergraduate body with strategic support and mentoring. Additional background may be found on the fraternity’s website, http://pbe.mit.edu