Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Update for the two weeks beginning of Jan. 20 and 27, 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 at the intersection of West Wheelock Street, Thayer Drive, and West Street
  • Expansion of Engineering Road 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

  • On Jan. 22 two additional cranes are scheduled to be delivered and assembled at the north end of the building site. They will assist with the steel installation.
  • Concrete foundation wall pouring and footing placements for the building/garage continues through January.
  • Structural steel installation has begun in limited areas. Larger structural framing element installation will begin in late January and continue through June, 2020.

What to Expect

  • From late January through June, 2020, an average of 4-6 trailer loads of steel/day will arrive to the project site via the W. Wheelock Street entrance.
  • 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.
  • 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.