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The Department of Mathematics invites the MIT community to celebrate the completion of the Simons Building renovation on Friday, October 7, 2016. The festivities will begin with a symposium, "Celebrating Math at MIT," which will take place in the Wong Auditorium (E51-115) from 9:00am-1:00pm. A dedication ceremony will begin at 4:00pm in Lowell Court, to be followed by a reception.
The Simons Building is part of the iconic Main Group complex, designed by architect William Bosworth, and had been largely untouched since its completion in 1916. The renovation, led by MIT alumna Ann Beha '75 and her firm, sought to restore the antiquated infrastructure of Building 2 as well as to give students, faculty, and staff updated spaces more suited to their needs. A key feature of the renovation is the introduction of community spaces strategically designed for group interaction, such as new conference, seminar, and casual community spaces. Graduate student and instructor offices were reconfigured into suites opening onto shared meeting areas so that discussions and office hours do not interfere with quiet concentration.