Residence Life and Dining

New Residence Hall: Frequently Asked Questions

Why build a new residence hall?

Residence life is a strategic priority for Emmanuel College. We recognize that modern accommodations are an essential component of the student experience and an important way to ensure the vitality of the campus community. The new residence hall marks an exciting step toward Emmanuel's second century. Plans for the building stem from Institutional Master Plans and in-depth research and discussions dating back to the year 2000. Additionally, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has applauded Emmanuel's new residence hall project as an important step toward an initiative to provide more on campus housing for college students in Boston.

When will construction begin, and when will it be completed?

The project began in June 2016 and is scheduled to conclude by the fall of 2018.

What arrangements is the College making to accommodate students during the construction period? 

First-year students will continue to be housed in Emmanuel's on-campus residence halls. Returning students will have the option to live in either on-campus residence halls or in College-leased housing located within walking distance of our Fenway campus.

Emmanuel has made arrangements to temporarily replace the 220 beds that will be lost from the current Julie Hall during the construction period. As of the 2015-16 school year, there were already about 400 Emmanuel students living in apartments in greater Boston, about 100 of them live in College-leased properties. For the period when construction will occur, Emmanuel has arranged additional campus options in College-leased housing, at Wheelock College, and at our own Notre Dame campus.

Has Emmanuel ever embarked on a large construction project of this type?

The new residence hall is the latest in a series of capital improvement projects designed to enhance the academic and student life experience at Emmanuel. In 2009, Emmanuel opened the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center, which includes 12 state-of-the-art laboratories for instruction and research in the sciences. The Jean Yawkey Center opened in 2004 as the "living room" of Emmanuel's campus. It now serves a critical role as a student center, dining hall, gym and fitness center. Over the last two decades, the College completed major renovations to the Administration Building.

What is Emmanuel's relationship with MCPHS University on this new residence hall?

MCPHS University has engaged in a long-term partnership in the new residence hall. Emmanuel and MCPHS University are both members of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), a collaborative of six neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. Neighboring colleges have a long history of collaboration on academic and student housing initiatives.

Who is the construction company and architect?  

Emmanuel has engaged top-tier architecture and construction management firms to lead the project including Elkus Manfredi Architects and John Moriarty & Associates. These firms have extensive experience with higher education, cultural, and commercial construction projects for organizations such as Harvard University, Duke University, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Emerson College.

View the original press release from June 10, 2016.