New Volpe Center opens to support the country’s most innovative transportation projects

Zach Winn | MIT News; September 20, 2023

MIT community members gathered with local, state, and federal leaders in Kendall Square for a ceremony marking a milestone in the area’s transformation.

On a crisp Tuesday afternoon, representatives from MIT, the state and federal government, and the Cambridge community celebrated the official opening of the new John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Kendall Square.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was the culmination of nearly a decade of collaboration in which MIT designed and constructed the highly energy-efficient building as part of an agreement that will allow the Institute to develop 10 additional acres of land in the Kendall Square area that are no longer needed by the federal government.

“I know many of you have been involved in the Volpe project for years — back when it was just an improbable concept,” President Sally Kornbluth told an audience contending with sporadic wind gusts. “I’ve been at MIT less than a year, but already it’s clear to me that together, we’re in the midst of doing something quite incredible on this site ­— a unique collaboration that benefits everyone involved.” Read the full article here.

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