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New Facilities Enrich the Learning Environment

A range of exciting new facilities projects are underway or in the planning stages across the Dartmouth campus. From new residence halls and academic buildings to renovations of existing structures, the construction taking place in Hanover will enhance the learning environment for current students and faculty and will meet the needs of generations to come.

Planning new buildings is a highly consultative process, according to Mary Gorman, who oversees facilities planning within the provost's division. She notes that it is organized around the philosophy of preservation and connection outlined by College Master Planner Lo-Yi Chan '54. As Chan explains, "We're guided in our building by two simple, interlocking principles. First, we preserve what is Dartmouth-its intimate spaces, its historic structures, its sacred grounds. Second, we connect new and old through conscious use of classic architectural details. In doing so, we aim to give students and faculty what Dartmouth has always provided-the finest environment for fostering discovery, learning, and growth."

Projects underway or in planning include the following:

New Undergraduate Residence Halls

Two new residence clusters, the McLaughlin Cluster and the Tuck Mall Residence Halls, will address longstanding undergraduate housing needs. Currently, Dartmouth guarantees housing for the first year only, and approximately 15 percent of students live off campus, some by choice, some not.

McLaughlin Cluster
McLaughlin Cluster

McLaughlin Cluster. Named in honor of the late Dartmouth President David T. McLaughlin '54, Tu'55, this facility will house 342 students in two buildings of three residence halls each connected by glass-enclosed spaces used for lounges and kitchens. A large, shared common area will provide space for parties, lectures, dinners, and other activities. Situated at the corner of Maynard and College Streets, the McLaughlin Cluster is designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of Santa Monica in association with Bruner/Cott & Associates of Cambridge. Construction commenced last November.

Tuck Mall Residence Halls. These two new residence halls will accommodate 162 students. A southwestern-facing connector between the east and west residences will offer sweeping views of Tuck Mall and will contain the primary social spaces serving the cluster: two large common spaces, with lounges and a kitchen on each floor. Located at the intersection of Tuck Mall and Tuck Drive, the new halls will face the Gold Coast and are next to Butterfield-Russell Sage. The cluster is being designed by Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell Architects of Philadelphia.

Tuck Mall Residence Halls
Tuck Mall Residence Halls
MacLean Engineering Sciences Center

The MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, named for Barry MacLean '60, Th'61 and his wife Mary Ann, who made a gift of $15 million to the project, will provide technologically sophisticated spaces for students and faculty at the Thayer School of Engineering. Joined to Cummings Hall by a 2,700-square-foot atrium, the MacLean Center will contain undergraduate work areas, laboratories, studio labs, smart classrooms, and faculty offices. Construction commenced last summer under the direction of architects Koetter Kim & Associates Inc. of Boston.

MacLean Engineering Sciences Center
MacLean Engineering Sciences Center
Kemeny Hall

Kemeny Hall, named in honor of mathematician and former Dartmouth President John G. Kemeny, will reunite the mathematics department, which has been housed in separate buildings for twenty years. Situated just north of the Baker/Berry Library complex, it will contain classrooms, offices, labs, and conference space. Kemeny Tower will provide views of the campus, as well as spaces for laboratories, meetings, and social gatherings.

Kemeny Hall and Haldeman Center
Kemeny Hall and Haldeman Center
Haldeman Center

Charles E. "Ed" Haldeman '70 and his wife Barbara gave $10 million for this academic center to honor his parents Charles E. and Betty Jane Haldeman. The new facility will unite Dartmouth's three interdisciplinary institutes under one roof, offering new opportunities for collaborative work. The building will be connected to Kemeny Hall and will house the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Ethics Institute, and the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities. An auditorium, conference rooms, offices, and gathering spaces will provide ideal venues for discussions, classes, seminars, and conferences. Both Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center were designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners in association with Bruner/Cott & Associates. Construction commenced last November.

Life Sciences Project

The life sciences project calls for three new buildings: one on the Hanover campus and two at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, N.H. The Hanover facility will house faculty and staff from biological sciences and the basic science faculty of Dartmouth Medical School. It will also serve as the main facility for medical school students during their first two years. A Translational Research Building at DHMC will accommodate laboratories dedicated to cardiovascular, immunology and vaccine, lung, and neuroscience research. Dartmouth's Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, a group of scientists and clinicians who conduct research on critical medical and health issues with the goal of measuring, organizing, and improving the healthcare system, will move its offices and classrooms to DHMC as well. The architect for the conceptual design of the Hanover building is Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc. of Cambridge. The Lebanon buildings are being designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott of Boston.

Visual Arts Center

Dartmouth's vibrant programs in the arts are in need of space, and a new Visual Arts Center is the first part of a multi-phased expansion plan. Located on Lebanon Street, the proposed expansion will provide access to the most up-to-date space and equipment for the studio art and the film and television studies departments. The center will also add special programming space and expanded facilities for students to work on creative projects. The firm of Machado and Silvetti Associates, Inc. of Boston is developing a conceptual plan for this building.

Alumni Gym Renovations

In spring 2005, the College plans to begin construction on a significant project that will renovate and rejuvenate several key segments of Alumni Gymnasium, the 95-year-old centerpiece of the College's athletic complex. The primary objective of this project is to substantially increase the space and equipment available for fitness-both recreational fitness and varsity strength training-while also addressing some important deferred maintenance and access issues. By expanding opportunities for healthy recreational pursuits, the project represents a vital enhancement of the out-of-classroom experience at Dartmouth. In addition, the project will make the building fully accessible. The architects are Lavallee/Brensinger Architects of Manchester.

Intercollegiate Soccer Competition Facility

Dartmouth's men's and women's soccer teams are nationally competitive, but their current home doesn't meet NCAA standards. A new facility, located near Scully-Fahey Field, will feature a high-quality, natural-grass field, seating for 1,600 spectators, lighting, and other amenities that will allow these playoff-caliber teams to host NCAA postseason play.

The Tuck School's Living and Learning Complex

This new facility will provide classrooms, study areas, a central gathering space for the entire Tuck community, and residential facilities for approximately ninety-five first-year students. The facility will consist of three connected buildings: the east and west residential buildings, and the central classroom and learning building. The buildings will be organized to create both indoor and outdoor connections with the rest of Tuck's campus through a system of connectors, courtyards, and pathways. The northwest-facing side of the complex will take advantage of the hillside and give the central social space, dining room, and classroom area natural light and views of the wooded slope. The complex is being designed by Goody Clancy of Boston.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08