7 Haviland: A New Building on Campus

By
Lesley Mahoney
March 19, 2010
Berklee president Roger H. Brown makes welcoming remarks at the 7 Haviland Street opening. At right, Darla Hanley, dean of the Professional Education Division and Mitchell Weiss, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino's chief of staff.
Darla Hanley, dean of the Professional Education Division, talks with Lawrence Simpson, senior vice president for academic affairs/provost. In the spirit of former tenant Fenway Community Health the new Berklee space will continue to "foster a compassionate and nurturing spirit," Hanley said during her remarks.
Student singer/songwriter Liz Longley performs for the crowd.
Berklee president Roger H. Brown cuts the ribbon commemorating the opening of 7 Haviland Street. From left, Michael P. Ross, president of the Boston City Council and Mitchell Weiss, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino's chief of staff.
A crowd convenes in the front entrance area of 7 Haviland.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Berklee neighbors joined the college community on February 25 to welcome the newest building on campus at 7 Haviland Street. Home to three of the Professional Education Division's five departments—Liberal Arts, Music Business/Management, and Music Therapy—the building adds much-needed space to the college.

With fanfare, food, the generous words of college and local officials, and of course music, the building—which had been open since after the winter break—was ceremoniously ushered into the campus community to a packed audience.

Adorned with bright colors, the unique and hip space has an industrial feel, in step with Berklee's cutting-edge sensibility. The building also houses the Berklee Writing Center, Berklee's English as a Second Language Program, an Africana Studies Room, conference and seminar rooms, and a café.

"On a campus where space is so desperately needed, we're fortunate to be able to expand and enhance the Professional Education Division. It will allow us to showcase the division," Darla Hanley, dean of the Professional Education Division, has said about the space. "The building will change how we teach, how students learn, and how the faculty interact."