East Wheelock Housing Renewal

Update for the two weeks beginning Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 2023

About the Project

Andres Hall is closed through Aug. 2023 as the first of a two-phase project to renovate East Wheelock House. Phase two renovations, scheduled from July 2023 – Aug. 2024, will provide renovations to Zimmerman Hall and Brace Commons.

Dartmouth's goals for the renovations are to improve accessibility and energy performance, upgrade the life safety and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) systems, add study spaces, and increase the overall bed count by 24, from 168 to 192 beds. While the footprint of Andres and Zimmerman residence halls will not be changed, renovations will make more efficient use of existing space and in-fill atrium areas to add beds. These additional beds will be used as swing space in the future as other residence halls are taken off-line for renovation.

During the project, upgrades will be made to the plaza and site landscaping to remove barriers to accessible entry and to provide a more engaging exterior student environment. Solar hot-water panels will be constructed on the roofs of Andres and Zimmerman.

What's Happening

  • Mechanical/electrical rough-ins are being finished on the first and second floors.
  • Excavation is underway for the new elevator pit in the basement. The team is cutting in the new elevator shaft.
  • Spray foam is being applied for additional exterior wall and roof insulation.
  • Interior wall soundproofing insulation and sheetrock are being installed on the third and fourth floors. Taping is underway.
  • New windows are being installed on the third and fourth floors.
  • Exterior window trim rework is underway.

What to Expect

  • Regular work hours will be Monday – Friday, between 7a.m. – 4:30p.m. in accordance with town regulations.
  • Construction signage and fencing will be in place throughout the project.
  • Construction vehicles will approach and exit the site from both VT (from I-91 across the Ledyard Bridge) and from NH (from I-89 along Route 120).