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“This place works.” — MIT Sloan community gathers to celebrate new building

This Place WorksProfessor Robert Merton, center, and Dean Emeritus Richard Schmalensee

MIT Sloan’s new building was designed to foster spontaneous interaction between faculty and students. In May, the School’s alumni and friends had the chance to try it out.

More than 500 people packed the ground floor and mezzanine of the building for the formal dedication, connecting old friends, colleagues, and classmates in celebration as part of MIT Sloan’s Building the Future series.

“This building is a testament to the strength and special nature of this community,” said Tara Thomas, MBA ’11, who addressed the crowd.

But only with the new building, including the Joan and William A. Porter 1967 Center for Management Education, is that community fully realized.

MIT President Susan Hockfield said the building is a perfect fit for the wider Kendall Square community and conveys “the sense that this is a place where people come to do important work.”

“We want Kendall Square, our neighborhood, to become a truly first-class place for people to live and work,” Hockfield said. “This building sets the standard for what that neighborhood could be.”

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