Thornton Hall Capital Renewal

Update for the two weeks beginning Mar. 1 and 8, 2021

About the Project

Thornton Hall, an historic building on Dartmouth Row, is closed until August 2021 for major infrastructure upgrades. Renovations will provide full accessibility to the building's interior and will address life safety systems with the addition of fire sprinklers. Energy efficiencies and improved lighting will also help meet Dartmouth's green energy goals. Improvements will also be made to interior finishes in commons areas, classrooms, and faculty offices.

What's Happening

  • The basement slab for under-slab utilities will be demolished and the utilities installed.  
  • The elevator shaft is being constructed.
  • Electrical, mechanical and plumbing rough in is ongoing.
  • Work continues to form and pour the foundation for a new vault on the east side.
  • Ductwork for ventilation equipment on the first floor will be installed. 
  • The window restoration process is underway.
  • A new temporary pedestrian pathway is being constructed by S. Fayerweather.

What to Expect

  • Regular work hours will be Monday – Friday, between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., in accordance with town regulations.
  • Construction signage and fencing will be in place throughout the project.
  • Pedestrian detours will divert foot traffic from walking between Bartlett Hall and Reed.
  • Construction vehicles will travel to and from the site via Observatory Road and College Street.