Construction Updates

Update for the week of August 21, 2017

Morton Hall Renovations

A four-alarm fire early on October 1 left Morton Hall, a residence hall in the East Wheelock cluster, uninhabitable. There were no injuries and building residents were quickly relocated to temporary housing facilities.

After the fire, the area surrounding Morton Hall was fenced off and declared a construction site. Initial recovery work was completed by Belfor Boston, a firm with expertise in fire and water damage restoration. Renovation work was led by project manager Win Chambers and the construction firm, North Branch Construction. 

Construction on Morton Hall was substantially completed on August 11, 2017. North Branch Construction will be making periodic visits to the building over the course of the coming weeks to address minor punchlist items.

Students started moving into the building on Wednesday, August 16. Any remaining small construction work will be limited to the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Additional Information and Links

Please send any questions or comments to FO&M at Facilities.Operations.and.Management@Dartmouth.EDU

For more details and project photos, visit Morton Hall Projects

Update for the weeks of August 21 and August 28, 2017

Moosilauke Ravine Lodge

Since its construction in 1938, the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge has been a formative part of the Dartmouth student experience, most notably during First-Year Trips, and has served as home base for outdoor excursions and events for numerous others.

The original Lodge building is being replaced with a new structure that has been designed to preserve the rustic, hand-hewn qualities of the existing building. The new Lodge is an 11,000-square-foot, fully-accessible structure constructed with a post-and-beam frame of heavy natural log timbers and enveloped by a super-insulated shell to maximize energy efficiency.


Please stay clear of the immediate area around the lodge as this is an active construction site. It is difficult to keep construction fencing up due to space limitations and the extent of on-going activity.  To avoid interference with construction activities, we kindly ask you to limit picture taking.

What is Happening:

Interior work:

  • Installation of wood flooring and wood ceiling is ongoing
  • Millwork is ongoing
  • Mechanical, electrical and plumbing finish work is ongoing
  • Equipment and systems testing will begin the week of August 21

Exterior work:

  • Cedar trim, siding work, and deck board installation is nearing completion
  • Site utilities nearing completion
  • Roofing is nearing completion
  • Trail work from the upper road and landscaping are ongoing

What to Expect:

  • A new construction gate before the Lodge limits access to construction vehicles only.
  • Public access parking is available at a temporary parking area half way up Ravine Road.
  • Public access to trails continues, and signage directs hikers up the access road to a trail head just past the construction site. Please follow new directions and signage.

Additional information:

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

For more details and project photos, visit the Ravine Lodge project page

Update for the weeks beginning August 21 and August 28, 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

  • Exterior metal panel installation at the mechanical penthouses will begin in late August.
  • Installation of locker room plumbing fixtures and toilet partitions is ongoing.
  • Wall painting is ongoing.
  • Electrical and mechanical system installation start-up and testing is ongoing.
  • Site work and landscape is 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 August 21 and August 28, 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. 

Stop by the Hood’s expansion information hub, located in the former Hood Museum Store, or learn more at their website. 

What is happening:

  • Existing exterior wall sheathing refurbishment is nearly complete. This will lead to improved building envelope performance in the final project.
  • Skylight refurbishment is underway in the Lathrop gallery.
  • Mechanical system rough-ins, ductwork 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 will continue around the north and east sides of the building.
  • Brick work is beginning on the south facade and will be starting soon on the west facade.
  • Roofing on the addition is nearing completion.

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