Construction Updates

Update for the month of February, 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.

What Is Happening

  • Site excavation continues for utilities, the storage shed foundation, and relocation of the manager’s cabin
  • Timber frame installation has begun and is ongoing
  • Conventional framing has begun and is ongoing
  • Under slab utility work is ongoing
  • Stone masonry work will begin in February

 What to Expect

  • A new construction gate located 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 of the building interior and project photos, visit the Ravine Lodge project page

Update for the weeks beginning February 20 and February 27, 2017

Morton Hall Renovations

A four-alarm fire early on October 1, 2016 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 was led by Belfor Boston, a firm with expertise in fire and water damage restoration.  After a short pause to evaluate and design long-term repairs, the College is beginning renovation work which will be carried out by North Branch Construction. 

What is Happening

  • Installation of roof sheathing at the center roof
  • Framing at the flat roofs abutting the center copper roof
  • Installation of subfloors in the north wing will be completed
  • Interior demolition work in the central core will be completed
  • Fireproofing at the exterior gable beams is underway
  • Exterior masonry repairs at the gable roof is underway
  • Installation of the next copper roof at central roof will begin

What to Expect

  • Regular weekday construction hours between 7 am to 5 pm. 
  • 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

Updates for the weeks beginning February 20 and February 27, 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 with anticipated completion by August 15, 2017.

What Is Happening

  • Outside site utility work has been completed.  Surface restoration and landscaping will take place in the spring.
  • Foundation construction and backfill is complete.
  • Interior under-slab plumbing is complete.
  • Building steel framing has begun and will continue into early March.

What to Expect

  • Regular weekday hours will take place between 7 am and 6 pm.
  • 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 February 20 and February 27, 2017

Hood Museum Expansion & 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

  • Foundation underpinning at the steam tunnel and Bernstein building is nearing completion.
  • Underground utility work and column footing reinforcement is underway.
  • Concrete pours for new mud mats, foundations and footings are in progress.
  • Internal modifications to the existing roof and ceiling structure are underway. These will lead to improved building envelope performance in the final project.

What to Expect

  • Regular weekday work will begin at 7 am.  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. Detour map.

More Information