160 Massachusetts Avenue

Berkleeā€™s first ground-up, custom-built facility boasts 173 residence hall rooms for 369 students, 23 practice rooms, six two-story common areas, a fitness center, and a 400-seat dining hall that doubles as a performance space. 10-studio music production complex that is among the largest of its kind in the United States and nearing final installation is located floors below grade. The state-of-the-art building, located in the heart of Back Bay, offers space for living and learning and at 16 stories high, provides some of Boston's most spectacular views. 

Building Overview

  • 155,000-square-foot building, which increases Berklee space by 23 percent
  • 16-story building, plus two additional floors underground
  • 369-bed residence hall composed of mostly doubles, with some triples (singles for resident advisors)
  • Six double-height lounges on residence hall floors, each of which serves two residence hall floors.
  • 400-seat dining hall and evening performance venue
  • 20 student practice rooms and three rehearsal rooms for resident-student use
  • Fitness facility and roof terrace on fourth floor for resident-student use
  • 14,000 square feet of music technology space
  • 4,200 square feet of ground-floor retail space
  • Qualifies for LEED silver certification

Building design: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Design of music technology facilities: Walters-Storyk Design Group, Highland, New York

Building construction: Lee Kennedy Co., Quincy, Massachusetts