The East Campus Project, a proposed new 450,000-square-foot building
complex at MIT,  is nearing the end of the “Conceptual Designâ€� phase
and transitioning to the “Schematic Designâ€� phase.  Many critical
environmental, health and safety, and cultural decisions are made during
these phases.  Leading decision-makers for the East Campus Project at MIT
expressed the desire to gather non-monetary information for design
alternatives to help make better-informed sustainable building decisions.  This
“consulting� project, completed as part of the course requirements for
11.369 “Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment,� will provide MIT
decision makers with a framework to gather and assess sustainability-based
information for design alternatives.  Using the framework, four case studies of
relevant design decisions facing the East Campus Project team are analyzed
and presented.  In short, the project goals are two-fold:

1. Present a transparent, multi- purpose design assessment framework for the
consideration of environmental, health and safety, and cultural aspects of
2. Present case studies for assessments of several pending decisions using
the proposed assessment framework supported by environmental life-cycle
assessment (LCA) and other literature research.  Make limited
recommendations based on these case studies.

The selection of case studies is based on Ove Arup & Partners â
€œSustainable Design Shopping Listâ€� for the East Campus Project,
discussion with John Rivers of the MIT Facilities Department and Chris
Schaffner of Ove Arup, and project team members’ interests and


This multi-phased 450,000-square-foot complex will create a vibrant new
community for the study of management and economics at MIT. The East
Campus Project will integrate facilities for the MIT Sloan School of
Management, the MIT Economics department (part of the School of
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences) and the Dewey Library. In the spirit of
architect William Welles Bosworth's turn-of-the-century vision for the MIT
campus, the complex will include a dramatic grassy park overlooking the
Charles River that will be ringed by cafes and other social spaces in the
surrounding buildings.

On a triangular site bounded by Wadsworth Street, Main Street, and Memorial
Drive, the East Campus Project will realize many long-held goals for the
community it will serve. The complex will bring the Sloan School faculty
together under one roof for the first time and unite them with their colleagues in
the Economics department. The project will also create a "heart" for the school
of management by providing community, social, and work spaces that promote
collaboration and integrate the academic infrastructure more fully into the lives
of the students.

The highly skilled project team, including design architect Moore Ruble Yudell
Architects & Planners and Sasaki Associates, is now in the master-planning
and concept design phase, focusing on needs assessment, site analysis, and
concept development. Working closely with MIT's Green Building Task Force,
the team is committed to making the East Campus Project a model for
environmentally responsible construction with the strategic use of recycled
materials and sustainable technology.