Weekly Project Updates

Update for the two weeks beginning October 16 and 23, 2017

New Undergraduate Housing Conceptual Design

Dartmouth is engaged in a conceptual design process considering the addition of 750 undergraduate beds on the west end of College Park. This work is part of the planning phase of a project which, if approved through a series of institutional and town approvals over the next two years, would not be complete until the summer of 2021. 

The conceptual design process defines the scope, scale, impact and preliminary costs for such a project. Sasaki Architects have been hired to conduct site and utility analysis, a land survey, geotechnical studies, focus groups, and other investigative work as needed. Sasaki and its subconsultants will be on-site between late September - October to gather data and prepare a report for the Dartmouth Board of Trustees to consider in November. Conceptual design work is preliminary and important to inform decision-making for this project.

What is Happening:

  • Survey work is progressing. Crews should be finished with field work the week of October 27. 

  • The collection of noise data is complete, and noise monitoring devices have been removed. 

Additional information:

Please send any questions or comments to [email protected]

For more details, visit the College Park Conceptual Design project page. 

View the Questions and Answers for College Park Conceptual Design page.

Update for the two weeks beginning October 16 and 23, 2017

Gilman Demolition and Dana Expansion

Dartmouth is undertaking a capital project to demolish Gilman Hall and renovate Dana Hall, two buildings that have both been vacant for several years. Gilman Hall is former home to the biological sciences department, before it relocated to the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center in 2010. The building is in poor condition and will be razed in late November - December of this year. Dana Hall, former home to the biomedical library, is in good condition and will be renovated to provide faculty offices, reading/study space for students, and a graduate student lounge. 

The Dana renovation is in the design phase through spring, 2018, and is expected to be in use by fall, 2019. 

What is Happening:

  • Removal of interior demolition materials will continue into early November.
  • Abatement activities will begin the week of October 16, starting on the 3rd and 4th floors. External equipment to be used in the abatement efforts will run only during working hours.
  • Air filtration units have been placed on all floors of the building to maintain air quality.
  • Exterior abatement and demolition will begin in November.

What to Expect:

  • Regular weekday hours will be from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.  
  • Be aware of vehicles leaving and entering the construction site through marked gates. The two most active gates will be on College Street and at the bridge between Remsen and Kellogg.
  • The one-way road between the McLaughlin Cluster and Gilman will be closed starting Monday 9/11. Pedestrians will be directed to use sidewalks along College Street in order to travel between the central campus and the Life Sciences Center and Geisel School of Medicine. 
  • Access to the parking spaces on the north side of the McLaughlin cluster dorms will be accessed through the Maynard Parking Lot connection. Dartmouth Recycling (FOM) will also access this area via Maynard Lot.

Additional information:

Please send any questions or comments to Planning Design & Construction.

For more details and project photos, visit the Gilman Demolition / Dana Renovation project page. 

Update for the weeks beginning October 16 and 23, 2017

Athletics Pavilion Expansion

The Athletics Pavilion Expansion is the second phase of the existing facility that sits between Scully-Fahey and Burnham fields. The existing building has public restrooms as well as two locker rooms. The new 7600 square foot expansion will house three additional locker rooms, a meeting room, a training room, and an equipment room. Construction started on Monday, October 31 and will be complete in September.

The original completion date in mid-August was recently delayed due to a fire in the manufacturing facility that was making the wooden lockers for the three locker rooms. This same manufacturer will rebuild the lockers using a different facility. The training, equipment and meeting rooms were put into operation on August 14.

What Is Happening

  • Installation of wooden locker components in the women’s softball locker room is complete.
  • Electrical and mechanical system installation testing and training is ongoing.
  • Punch list and close-out activities are ongoing.

What to Expect

  • Regular weekday hours will take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Access to all athletic fields will not be affected by construction activities.
  • Be aware of construction vehicles leaving the fenced-in project site and traveling through the Thompson parking lot area.

Update for the weeks beginning October 16 and 23, 2017

Hood Museum Expansion and Renovation

The Hood Museum, recognized for seamlessly integrating its collections into the Dartmouth educational experience, is undergoing an ambitious renovation and expansion project designed to address space limitations for its programs and collections. The renovation and expansion will increase floor size by 50 percent and triple student classroom visits to more than 6,000 a year, and most importantly, ensure that the museum fulfills its mission to create a learning environment that fosters transformative educational encounters with art for everyone. Construction will last through the start of winter term 2018. The museum is expected to re-open in 2019. 

What is happening:

  • Existing exterior wall sheathing refurbishment is nearing completion, while areas on the east facade remain. This will lead to improved building envelope performance in the final project.
  • Skylight refurbishment is underway in the Lathrop gallery. New skylights will have improved thermal performance.
  • Mechanical system rough-ins, ductwork, sprinklers and piping are underway throughout the building.
  • Internal walls, partitions, ceilings and art hanging walls are underway throughout the building.
  • Waterproofing and insulating new exterior walls are underway on the west elevation and is continuing around the north and east sides of the building.
  • Exterior brick work is well underway on south, north and west facades.
  • Roofing on the addition is essentially complete; roofing refurbishment on the existing building's copper roofs and flashing is underway.
  • Window sub-frames have been set on the third floor; frames on the balance of the new addition are underway.
  • There will be some targeted demolition of site elements between the Hop and the Hood later this month and next. Expect some noise and hammering.

What to expect:

  • Regular weekday work will begin at 7 a.m.  There will also be occasional weekend work.  Be aware of vehicles leaving and entering the construction site through marked gates. 
  • For those traveling between East Wheelock Street and Lebanon Street, pedestrians are directed through the Hopkins Center, while bicyclists are directed to use Crosby Street. Refer to the detailed map Detour map.

More Information

For more details and project photos, visit the Hood Museum of Art project site or the Hood Museum Expansion site