Construction Updates

Update for the month of May, 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

In the next two weeks:

  • Work on upper layers of roof (paper, strapping, plywood, ice and water shield)
  • Masonry work is ongoing on all levels
  • Exterior insulation is ongoing
  • Interior mechanical, electrical and plumbing work continues
  • Frame interior mezzanine floor
  • Conduct site excavation work for utilities
  • Install exterior windows

In the month of May:

  • Build foundation for storage shed and generator pad
  • Exterior siding and trim
  • Continue work on site utilities
  • Start new walkway from upper road

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 April 24 and May 1, 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.

The area surrounding Morton Hall has been fenced off and declared a construction site, accessible only by authorized workers with appropriate safety equipment. Initial recovery work, led by Belfor Boston, a firm with expertise in fire and water damage restoration, is now complete.  Renovation work is underway, led by project manager Patrick O’Hern and the construction firm, North Branch Construction. 

What is happening:

  • Continue rough in of the mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems
  • Continue construction of the elevator shaft
  • Continue to excavate and prep footings for mechanical room

What to expect:

  • Regular weekday construction hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Access to Brace Commons will continue to be available from the west side of the site
  • Please be aware of construction vehicles entering and exiting the site via East Wheelock Street

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 beginning April 24 and May 1, 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 by mid-August when training for the fall sports teams begins.

What Is Happening

  • Building steel framing is complete and concrete floor slabs have been poured.
  • Roofing will begin late April and continue through late May.
  • Metal wall framing and interior block walls have begun and will cotinue through April.
  • Plumbing, electrical and mechanical system installations have begun and will continue into July. 
  • Surface restoration and landscaping will take place in the spring.

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.
  • Locker rooms in the existing facility will remain open for lacrosse teams.
  • Be aware of construction vehicles leaving the fenced-in project site and traveling through the Thompson parking lot area.

Update for the weeks beginning April 24 and May 1, 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:

  • Concrete pours for new mud mats, foundations and footings are nearing completion.
  • Steel is being erected for the new addition.
  • Working from the inside the building, existing exterior wall sheathing refurbishment is under way.
  • Scaffolding to support roof replacement and brick work on the south side of the building has been erected.
  • Internal modifications to the existing roof and ceiling structure are underway. These will lead to improved building envelope performance in the final project.
  • Mechanical system rough-ins are underway in the existing portion of the building.

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