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Raising the roofs: construction in high gear for new residence halls, academic facilities

Kemeny Hall

Above, Kemeny Hall and Haldeman Center (Aug. 24, 2005) (Photo by Sarah Benelli), as seen from the second floor of Silsby Hall, looking across North Main Street. (Rendering by Al Forster)

Named to honor John G. Kemeny, Dartmouth's 13th President, Kemeny Hall will house the Mathematics Department. The building will feature "smart" classrooms, spaces for seminars and conferences and state-of the-art labs and offices. It will accommodate 22 faculty, 3 emeriti faculty, 15 research faculty and staff and 24 graduate students. There will be laboratory and lounge spaces for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as the department's administrative offices. After having spent over 20 years distributed among three buildings on campus, Kemeny Hall will unite the Mathematics Department under one roof. Two of the buildings in which the department is currently housed, Bradley and Gerry Halls, now stand sandwiched between the Berry Library, dedicated in 2002. They will be demolished and replaced by a grassy corridor that, connected to existing paths, will serve as an attractive walkway across the length of the campus. Kemeny Hall and Haldeman Center are scheduled to open in the fall of 2006.

The final beam was put into place atop the elegant octagonal tower at the northeast end of Kemeny Hall in July. (Photo by Sarah Benelli)

Rendering of the completed Kemeny Hall tower from the interior. (Rendering by Al Forster)

Kemeny was a renowned mathematician who, with colleague Thomas Kurtz, co-invented the BASIC computer language. He built Dartmouth's Mathematics Department into a national model, shepherded the College's transition to coeducation and renewed its charter commitment to the education of Native Americans.

Kemeny Hall and its adjoining facility, the Haldeman Center, are designed by the architectural firms Moore Ruble Yudell and Bruner/Cott. Construction is under the supervision of Daniel O'Connell's Sons.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08