Fayerweather Hall

About the project

Fayerweather Hall is on well-traveled pedestrian routes in the heart of the campus. The three existing buildings present formal architecture facing the Campus Green. Initially built in 1904-1907, the many secondary entries to the wings and the porches between the wings create a rich, informal interaction between the inside and outside.

As part of the renovation, the design team sought opportunities to create accessible connections and memorable outdoor spaces from the new and reinvigorated social spaces. A new Observatory Way sidewalk will be added with access and egress to every entrance. The building will be accessible for all, with elevators being added. New amenity space will be added between the three buildings, incorporating the new House Centre for South House. These spaces' location, orientation, and design will be informed by access to sunlight, harnessing the existing topography and established vegetation around the buildings, and anchoring them in their context.

The renovation aligns with the housing renewal program goals of enhancing the student experience, increasing the bed count, and benefiting the town by taking students out of the rental market. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. The work performed by the design and construction team will directly impact Dartmouth's student residents for years to come, just as the buildings' performance will affect our planet. These two vital elements–student life and sustainability–form the basis of the project scope and fuel Dartmouth's ambitions to reimagine Fayerweather as equitable, comfortable, community-oriented facilities which minimize their environmental impacts.

The Fayerweather sustainability goals will include obtaining LEED and WELL standards buildings that will be highly energy efficient through extensive utility and district infrastructure upgrades and being connected to the campus hot water conversion project. 

what's currently happening

  • Construction documents are underway - January 2024
  • Town of Hanover Final Site Plan review - April 2024
  • Final Board of Trustees review and approval - June 2024
  • Anticipated construction start - July 2024