Enabling and Improvement Projects of the Thayer/Computer Science Expansion

About the Projects

Related to planned construction of a new Thayer Engineering and Computer Science building are several projects that will enable energy efficient utilities in the West End; improve parking options, transit and safety along West Wheelock Street; and enhance the surrounding landscape.

The proposed building, to be located south of the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, will be constructed over a new three-level parking garage. The garage will replace Cummings lot, and will significantly increase the number of parking spaces in this area. This project will also change the flow of traffic along West Wheelock Street and throughout the West End. Thayer Drive will close, and a new access road will be constructed specifically to provide access to the parking garage, Thayer loading docks and the Channing Cox parking lot. Old Tuck Drive will be reconstructed and reopened to support one-way traffic heading from west to east. Improvements to the intersection of West Wheelock, West Street, and the new access road will also be made to improve access and safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

Efforts will be made to mitigate disturbances to campus constituents and the broader community during the next three years of construction. Please refer to Weekly Project Updates to obtain the details of construction impacts to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

Timing of Major Activities


  • Channing Cox parking lot expansion: lot closed July 16; lot reopened Sept. 2018 with 65 additional spaces
  • Cummings parking lot: permanently closed Jan. 1, 2019
  • Parking Garage: excavation began Jan. 2, 2019; completion of construction – fall, 2019; open for occupancy – TBD


  • Old Tuck Drive reconstructionreopened Jan. 2, 2019 for vehicles traveling to campus from west to east.
  • Thayer Drive: permanently closed Jan. 1, 2019
  • West Wheelock Street improvements: April – Aug., 2019
  • Thayer Access Road: construction occurs April – Aug., 2019


Project Team

  • Project Manager: Joe Broemel
  • Civil Engineer: Engineering Ventures
  • Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Construction Manager: Turner Construction
  • Contact: Planning, Design & Construction