Center for Engineering and Computer Science

Update for the two weeks beginning of June 29 and July 6, 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

  • Structural steel installation is almost complete, with the topping off ceremony held last week. 
  • Steel decking continues to be fastened to the steel structure with concrete decking installed on top of the steel. This work is ongoing through October.
  • Fireproofing will be sprayed onto the steel structure from late May through November.
  • Modifications to the interior south stairs in MacLean have begun and will continue through the end of summer.
  • Installation of the chilled water and hot water mains in front of Cummings and MacLane will begin. 

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.