Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Update for the two weeks beginning of Sept. 14 and 21, 2020

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

  • Pavement markings for W. Wheelock St. are expected to be completed on the night of Sept. 17.
  • Steel and concrete decking continues to be fastened to the steel structure. This work is ongoing through October.
  • Fireproofing continues to be sprayed onto the steel structure.
  • Modifications to the interior south stairs in MacLean will be substantially complete this week and useable for emergency egress. The temporary stairs at the southeast corner of MacLean will be removed.
  • Installation of the chilled water and hot water mains in front of Cummings and MacLane will continue into November.
  • Framing and other work on the exterior façade will continue into February 2021.
  • Granite and brick masonry is underway on the east façade.
  • Interior masonry wall installation has begun in the garage levels.
  • Plumbing, electrical and sprinkler system installation is ongoing through spring 2021.
  • The temporary pedestrian bridge running along the south side of MacLean is under construction and is anticipated to be in service by early October.

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.