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Dartmouth to pursue a range of key new facilities projects

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/23/03 • Contact Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth President James Wright announced today that the College will move forward with several top-priority facilities projects, including new residence halls, a dining and social center, a new home for the Department of Mathematics (Kemeny Hall), an academic centers building bringing together three interdisciplinary centers, an Engineering Sciences Center at the Thayer School of Engineering and an addition to the Sudikoff Laboratory for Computer Science.

These new facilities, which emerged from the College's strategic planning process, will provide additional resources for instruction and research, and will enhance the residential life of Dartmouth students. The residential facilities respond to requests from the town and neighbors that Dartmouth provide more housing on campus. The College is working to develop all the facilities in a manner consistent with the Hanover Master Plan.

Dartmouth's policy on funding capital facilities is to move forward with construction projects when the sources for funding the construction and operating costs are identified. The College has received tremendous support from Dartmouth alumni and friends for these projects, and additional fundraising will continue over the next few months to move these projects from the planning phase to construction.

"Dartmouth friends and alumni have pledged more than $90 million thus far toward the construction of these facilities, which will do so much to enhance the academic and out-of-classroom experience, reinforcing the intellectual vibrancy of the Dartmouth community," Wright said. "We are very grateful to all those who have helped put us in a position to proceed with such important additions to the campus."

Provost Barry Scherr said, "We are very excited to be moving these key projects forward. We also look forward to working with town boards and officials, and to communicating with our neighbors about these projects. Our goals are to provide the facilities that Dartmouth must have to continue and enhance its leadership role in higher education, and in doing so to preserve the special character of Dartmouth's setting."

Dartmouth Trustee Russell L. Carson said, "As both a trustee and a donor, I am excited to see the College moving forward on plans that have been in the making for the past five years. These building programs will enable us to provide outstanding residential space to more students who want to live on campus, and to carry out more effectively the College's academic priorities in many different areas."

The priority facilities projects are in several categories.

Undergraduate residence halls

To meet its strategic objective of strengthening its residential program and to respond to the town's desire to reduce the number of undergraduates relying on local rental housing, the College will seek approval from the town this year for two new residence halls. To be located at the intersection of Maynard and North College Streets, the new residences will accommodate 300 undergraduate students. The College also plans to eventually construct additional residence halls accommodating a total of 200 students on Tuck Mall and on another site central to the campus.

Dining and social facility

A dining and social center with approximately 600 seats and gathering spaces on the north end of campus will serve undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and staff from across campus. The College will consult with neighbors and town officials as it develops the design of this building.

Academic facilities

  • Kemeny Hall and the Academic Centers facility will be located on North Main Street just north of Berry Library. Kemeny Hall will unite the Department of Mathematics, which currently has offices and classrooms in several buildings on campus. The academic centers building will bring together under one roof the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Leslie Center for the Humanities and the Dartmouth Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics. While the College needs to raise additional funds prior to construction, plans for these two facilities are complete, and will soon move into the permitting phase.
  • The Engineering Sciences Center at the Thayer School of Engineering will provide much-needed undergraduate classroom and instructional laboratory space, and will relieve overcrowding in the graduate program and research activities currently housed in the adjacent Cummings Hall. Thanks to overwhelming support from Thayer School alumni, the fundraising for this project is nearly complete, and pending approval by town boards, construction will begin in fall 2004.
  • Sudikoff Laboratory for Computer Science addition will improve and expand faculty and graduate student computer research labs and office space. This addition will bring together under one roof the entire Computer Science Department. The town has approved this project. Construction will begin later this fall owing to a generous contribution from an alumnus and other College resources.

Future projects in preliminary planning

Dartmouth is in the early stages of planning for additional projects on campus. The College is in the midst of the architect selection process for an arts building on the south side of campus to house the Studio Art Department, the Film and Television Studies Department, and other arts facilities. In the life sciences, a planning group is assessing options for site, scale and phasing of much-needed spaces for the Department of Biological Sciences and the Dartmouth Medical School. The Tuck School is developing plans for an additional residence hall on the west end of campus to house more of its first-year students. Planning is underway for future athletic field needs including soccer and recreational sports.

Dartmouth Real Estate Office projects

In addition, the Dartmouth Real Estate Office continues to work with the Town of Hanover and City of Lebanon to extend its program of housing and redevelopment in the community. The Real Estate Office hopes to begin its mixed commercial/residential project on South Street, and its expansion of graduate student housing at Sachem Village in the coming year. As part of the Sachem Housing project, the College anticipates moving forward with the construction of the Rugby Clubhouse, a project funded by the generous support of alumni.

More Information

Details of Dartmouth facilities priorities
Memo to the Dartmouth Community from Provost Barry Scherr
Map of Central Campus Master Plan (207k, opens in new window)

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