Other Capital Projects

Hood Museum of Art (2019)


Hood interior

The Hood Museum of Art reopened in January 2019 after a multi-year renovation and expansion project that increased the museum's capacity to study, teach from, and view its collections. The $50 million redesign by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien increased the Hood's floor size by 50 percent to 62,400 square feet, and included construction of three smart object-study classrooms, each designed to accommodate a particular type of experiential engagement with objects of aesthetic and cultural significance. The museum's galleries were also expanded by a third, and a new public lobby serves as a forum for the college's arts and innovation initiatives, as well as a welcoming entry into the new museum and object-study center. The project was managed by Nick Holt and Aparna Bapu. The construction manager was Daniel O'Connell's Sons.

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Moosilauke Ravine Lodge (2017)


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Built in 1938 as a ski resort, the original Moosilauke Ravine Lodge hosted most incoming Dartmouth classes as part of First-Year Trips and served as home base for many excursions and events. As the original lodge neared the end of its useful life, a new lodge was designed to incorporate the best-loved features of the original space, and to make it completely accessible. The Lodge is approximately 11,000 square feet, constructed around a frame of heavy log timbers surrounded by a super-insulated envelope to maximize energy efficiency. Many of the timbers were harvested on Dartmouth's Trescott Road land under the direction of the College Forester. The new Lodge features a large central area on the main floor focused on a massive stone fireplace, a commercial kitchen where students prepare the famous Lodge cuisine, three private rooms for overnight guests and a meeting room. The lower level includes combined library/social space, a multi-purpose room and additional restrooms.

Completed in August 2017, the project manager was James Pike. The new lodge was designed by William Maclay Architects and built by DEW Construction.

Morton Hall (2017)



Morton Hall, a 67 bed undergraduate residence hall was left uninhabitable on Oct. 1, 2016 after a four-alarm fire caused significant damage to the building. The initial recovery was managed by Belfor Boston, a firm specializing in fire, smoke and water damage restoration. Before any permanent renovation work began, the College conducted a full program review and developed new floor plans to better support residential programming. During renovations, student rooms were configured in singles and doubles, increasing bed counts from 67 to 84 and providing additional common space. Temperature controls were made available in every bedroom, and community space/lounges were added on every floor. An elevator also replaced the former center stairwell. North Branch Construction oversaw this fast-track project to ensure that the building opened for the 2017-2018 academic year. Win Chambers managed the project for FO&M.

Baker Bell Tower Restoration (2016)


Baker Tower

Modeled to replicate Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Baker Bell Tower is one of the most recognizable features of the Dartmouth campus. This project was the iconic Tower's first renovation since its erection in 1928. Some of the most prominent improvements included replacing the copper roofing, flashing and ornamental metal; expanding energy-efficient LED exterior lighting; fabricating the clock's hands and numbers back to their original 1928 design; implementing a new digital control system that supports both the Baker Tower bells and the clock; and replacing cork flooring within the Tower Room, and upgrading the electrical system to future lighting improvements. The project manager was Bruce Giesing, the architect was Bruner/Cott Architects, and the construction manager was Shawmut Design & Construction. 


Black Family Visual Arts Center (2012)


VAC interior

The Black Family Visual Arts Center is contains classrooms, art galleries, a film screening room, production studios and administrative offices. This Leed Gold-recognized building is 105,000 gsf and is home to the Studio Arts Department, Film & Media Studies, Digital Humanities and the Loew Auditorium. The architect was Machado and Silvetti Associates and the contractor was Suffolk Construction.

Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center (2011)



Located adjacent to the Geisel School of Medicine, the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center is a national model of sustainable design, consuming less than one-half of the energy of the best-performing laboratories in the United States. This LEED Platinum-recognized building is 174,500 square feet and includes a super-insulated building envelope with triple-glazed windows, radiant heating and cooling systems including ceiling-mounted chilled beams, comprehensive heat recovery systems with 90% efficiency rate, a roof rainwater reclamation/ recovery system for building gray water, and ground storm water reclamation/ infiltration systems. It also has intelligent laboratory air monitoring systems for reduced lab ventilation energy, and third-floor sorghum and a grasses green roof.  Project managers were Joseph Broemel and Matt Purcell, the architect was Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and the construction manager was Bond Brothers.


  • 30 wet labs with associated support spaces
  • 6,000-square-foot greenhouse
  • 45 faculty offices, post-doc offices, conference rooms and lounges
  • 200-seat theater classroom and two 80-seat active teaching classrooms
  • two 30-seat flexible classrooms and six teaching labs