Institute for Energy and Society

Energy issues are among the highest global challenges facing modern society, affecting almost every aspect of human welfare and knowledge. 

About the Project

The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, announced in September 2016, has been formed to respond to these concerns utilizing four primary focus areas: Business/ Economics, Engineering/ Technology, Environmental Studies, and Geopolitics. The institute will employ an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, with knowledge and tools from diverse disciplines.

In keeping with this interdisciplinary focus, the Institute will be located between the Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering in a newly constructed building of approximately 50,000 – 55,000 gsf. A connection to Murdough Hall is envisioned as an atrium, providing a natural point of convergence for faculty and students from around campus who are engaged in issues related to energy and society. The building will also contain several teaching spaces of various sizes, faculty and research office and workplace environments, research and demonstration labs and maker spaces, and a series of spaces designed to foster informal interaction between faculty, researchers and students.

Dartmouth has a long history of successfully delivering high-performance buildings, beginning in the mid-1990’s, and the Irving Institute for Energy and Society will seek to continue and improve upon the tradition of high-performance buildings and landscapes. We intend to register with the LEED program and aspire for a platinum rating. The landscape surrounding the Institute will be coordinated with West End master planning efforts and will enhance the gateway to the Tuck/Thayer campus.

Upcoming Project Milestones

  • Schematic Design begins November 2016
  • Construction begins June 2018