Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Update for the two weeks beginning Nov. 18 and 25, 2019

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 at the intersection of West Wheelock Street, Thayer Drive, and West Street
  • Expansion of a new road 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

What's Happening

  • Concrete foundation wall pouring and footing placements for the building/garage will continue through the end of the year.
  • Structural steel installation has begun in limited areas. Larger structural framing element installation will begin in December and continue to May, 2020.

What to Expect

  • Several cameras provide 24/7 surveillance to the tower crane which will be in place through spring, 2020.
  • 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.
  • Engineering Drive between the west end of Tuck Mall and southwest corner of MacLean is permanently closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Pedestrian access to the west end from West Wheelock Street will be in place throughout the project.
  • 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.