About the Project
Dartmouth is designing a new building to support the planned expansion of Thayer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, and the relocation of the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) to the West End. The expanded programs will increase access to faculty through lower student-faculty ratios, expand opportunity for all students to integrate engineering and the liberal arts, and increase research and entrepreneurship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
The new building is being funded wholly from philanthropy, and developed in partnership with engineering and computer science to maximize the interface between the computational and physical elements of similar fields. "This will create a dynamic environment for synthesized collaboration and entrepreneurship across a broad array of disciplines, including medicine, energy, security, robotics, electronics and product design" says Thayer Dean Joseph Helble.
The proposed facility, to be located south of the Maclean Engineering Sciences Center, will be built over a new 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 and Thayer loading docks. Old Tuck Drive will be restored 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.