Bill Whitney has been Vice President for Real Estate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts since 2007. He is responsible for property acquisition; major capital project planning; permitting, including Institutional Master Plan (IMP) and Art. 80 project-specific approvals; project design and construction management; leasing as lessee and lessor; overseeing the college’s physical plant and campus planning offices and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Among the real estate projects recently completed by Berklee are 1) revitalization of a block of Boylston Street near Berklee’s campus, including construction of outdoor dining terraces and other public improvements, and retail leasing of the ground floor of buildings owned or master leased by Berklee to such retail tenants as Boloco, Pavement Coffee House, Boston Burger and J.P. Licks, 2) substantial rehab of 1108 Boylston Street to create new classrooms and music rehearsal rooms, 3) substantial rehab of portions of the interior and facade improvements to 150 Massachusetts Avenue, the college’s largest academic and student housing building, 4) building envelope repairs and restoration of 8 The Fenway, the principal academic, practice and performance building of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and 5) 160 Massachusetts Avenue, a $100 million, 155,000 sf newly constructed mixed-use development, including 369 beds of student housing, a 450 seat dining hall and music performance facility, three new recording studios and other music technology space and ground floor retail space.
Prior to joining Berklee, Bill was a Vice President of The Druker Company, Ltd., a privately held, Boston-based firm that acquires, develops and manages real estate; Director of Planning of the New England Aquarium and Assistant Director for Urban Design and Development of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Bill and his wife, Jean, reside in Wayland, Massachusetts.