Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Update for the two weeks beginning Mar. 1 and 8, 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 the steel and concrete decking continues through March at the bridge connecting to MacLean.
  • Fireproofing continues to be sprayed onto the steel structure.
  • Installation of chilled water and hot water mains in front of Cummings and MacLean is ongoing.
  • Window installation will continue through March.
  • Granite and brick masonry is complete on the east façade and is ongoing on the south and west facades.
  • Framing of interior walls is near completion with drywall installation in progress. 
  • Plumbing, electrical and sprinkler system installation is ongoing through spring 2021.
  • Temporary enclosures have been installed on the building exterior to allow for temporary heating inside the building.
  • Concrete foundation footings, walls, and roof have been poured for the below-ground connector to the MacLean Building.   
  • Elevator shafts are constructed with installation of the elevator cabs ongoing.
  • Construction of the ceiling coffers will be complete in March.
  • Window and glass curtain wall installation is ongoing through spring 2021

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.