Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Update for the two weeks beginning July 26 and Aug. 2, 2021

Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Dartmouth is constructing a new Center for Engineering and Computer Science with expected occupancy in late summer 2021. This Center will bring together expanded programs in engineering and computer science as well as the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship and the Electron Microscope Facility. 

The new building—along with the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society that will also be complete in summer 2021—were considered as part of an integrated West End Master Plan which ensures that each new building supports a strategic and sustainable vision for the entire West End, while retaining capacity for future growth.  A number of related infrastructure and improvement projects that are still underway include:

  • A 340-vehicle parking garage and loading dock below the new building
  • Improvements and signalization Drive from West Wheelock to Channing Cox parking and around to the backside of MacLean Engineering Sciences Center.
  • Extending electrical and chilled/hot water utilities from the north to west end of campus
  • Enhanced landscaping

What's Happening

  • Installation of exterior brick and granite is substantially complete on the east, south, and west façades, and is ongoing on the north façade.
  • Modifications to the hot water mains in front of MacLean and Cummings will take place through the end of July.
  • Window installation continues with the north façade and bridge taking place through July.
  • Drywall installation is nearing completion through all floors of the building.
  • Plumbing, electrical and sprinkler system installation is ongoing.
  • Elevator cabs are being installed and the elevator shaft enclosed.
  • Flooring is underway with granite on level -1, terrazzo on level 1 and carpet on level 2 currently being installed.
  • Site utility work will continue into August.
  • Landscape and hardscape efforts will continue through fall with the western site stairs in construction in July.
  • Final alignment of Engineering Drive up to the garage entrance is underway and will continue through July along with the adjacent curbing and sidewalk installation.
  • Earthwork to re-establish the hillside at the south end of the building will continue through Aug.
  • Building mechanical equipment and systems will be started and commissioned through Sept.
  • Building fire alarm and emergency systems will be completed and tested through Sept.

What to Expect

  • Perimeter fencing will be in place, and signage will direct vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists around the construction area.
  • Employees, students and visitors to Thayer and Tuck can enter the west end campus from Engineering Drive or Tuck Mall.
  • Regular work hours will be Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Construction vehicles will travel to and from the site on Thayer Drive to West Wheelock Street, over the Ledyard bridge to Interstate 91.