Stratton Student Center closed indefinitely

Recent cold snap caused water pipes to freeze and burst, causing significant damage

The Stratton Student Center has closed following a series of water pipe explosions, Vice President and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson announced in an email to the MIT community Tuesday, Feb. 7. 

Staff are “working diligently” to assess the damage and determine when “critical systems can get back online.” The Division of Student Life and the Department of Facilities are “planning for an extended closure” out of an abundance of caution. In particular, there is “significant damage” to the basement and first-fourth floors. 

Student Organizations Leadership & Engagement (SOLE) also reached out with more clarifying information for student organization leaders. As a result of the closure, the SOLE office has been temporarily relocated to W31-110 (Intercultural Engagement Office). SOLE is also working with student organizations to gain access to the student center to “pick up needed items.”

Nelson acknowledged the inconvenience the closure may pose to the MIT community; she also emphasized the hard work of the team, requesting “understanding and patience” as staff work through the situation. 

As more information becomes available, updates will be posted on the Student Life website. MIT community members can email with questions and comments regarding the student center closure.