Center for Engineering and Computer Science

IMPORTANT NEWS

On July 23 the Hanover Planning Board voted unanimously to approve Dartmouth's proposed modification plan to build the Center for Engineering and Computer Science building on the existing excavation. Construction on the building recommenced the next day.

This approval follows six weeks of meetings with the project team and Turner Construction to identify possible solutions following the discovery that the soil retention structure at the building site had been placed 10.8 feet south of its intended location. Immediately after this discovery, work on the building foundation was halted while suitable solutions were identified. All parties believe the approved plan to build on the existing excavation site is the best possible solution and are eager to get back to work on constructing the below-ground parking garage and 4-story building. 

About the Project

Dartmouth is constructing a new Center for Engineering and Computer Science that will also house the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship and Electron Microscope Facility. The expanded engineering and computer science 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 Dartmouth Provost Joseph Helble, former Dean of the Thayer School.

A number of related enabling and improvement projects are underway in close coordination with construction of the Center for Engineering and Computer Science building. The following projects will address parking and transit changes, improve landscaping, and provide energy efficient utilities throughout the west end. 

  • A 340-vehicle parking garage and loading dock below the new building
  • Reopening of Old Tuck Drive to one-way vehicles heading from west to east
  • Expansion of Channing Cox and Lewiston parking lots
  • Improvements and signalization at the intersection of West Wheelock Street, Thayer Drive, and West Street
  • New road that extends from W. Wheelock Street to the parking garage and Channing Cox lot, around the western-most buildings, and back between and MacLean Engineering Sciences Center the new Center for Engineering and Computer Science.
  • Extending electrical and chilled/hot water utilities from the north to west end of campus
  • Enhanced landscaping

Efforts are being made to mitigate construction-related distruptions to the student, employee, and neighbor communities with regular communications to help keep these constitutents well-informed of project activities. 

Click here to view images from the time-lapse camera that takes construction site photos every 10 minutes.

Project Milestones

  • Summer 2019: Install improvements and signalization at W. Wheelock Street, Thayer Drive, and West Street intersection
  • Sept. 2019: Opening of Thayer Drive; landscaping on either side of Thayer Drive will be complete in fall 2019
  • Fall 2019: Complete construction of parking garage; open for occupancy - TBD
  • Late fall 2019 - summer 2021: Construct new building and complete surrounding landscaping

Project Team

  • Project Manager: Joe Broemel
  • Architect: Wilson Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Construction Manager: Turner Construction
  • Contact: Planning, Design & Construction

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