Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Update for the two weeks beginning Oct. 18 and 25, 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 metal panels is ongoing on the north façade and complete on other sides of the building.
  • Window installation continues with the north façade and bridge.
  • 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 installation is underway with granite on levels -1 and 0, terrazzo on levels 1 and 2, and carpet on levels -1 through 2.
  • Site utility work continues.
  • Landscape and hardscape efforts with the western site stairs, sidewalks and plazas are ongoing and will continue through fall.
  • Final alignment of Engineering Drive up to the garage entrance is underway and will continue through mid-Nov., along with the adjacent curbing and sidewalk installation.
  • Earthwork to re-establish the hillside at the south end of the building is essentially complete.
  • Building mechanical equipment and systems will be started and commissioned through Nov.
  • Building fire alarm and emergency systems will be completed and tested through Sept.
  • Tree plantings and finished grading are completed near W. Wheelock St. and landscaping between CECS and the Maxwell residence hall will continue through Oct.
  • Site hardscape and landscape is beginning in front of MacLean and Cummings and will continue through Nov.
  • Glass railings and wood paneling installation is ongoing in the atrium through Nov.
  • Punchlist efforts and fianl cleaning will begin in Nov., working primarily from the lower levels upward.

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.