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Memo to the Dartmouth Community from Provost Barry Scherr

Posted 09/23/03

President Wright announced in his convocation address this morning that we will move forward with several long-deferred facilities projects, including new residence halls, a dining and social center, Kemeny Hall and the Academic Centers building, an Engineering Sciences Center at the Thayer School and an addition to the Sudikoff Laboratory for Computing Science. I am pleased to provide more information on our plan.

These new facilities, which emerged from the College's strategic planning process, will provide additional resources for instruction and research, as well as enhance the residential life of the students at Dartmouth. In developing these plans, we have been mindful of the recently completed Hanover Master Plan. In particular, we are trying to respond to requests from the town and neighbors that we provide more undergraduate housing on campus.

As I have mentioned in earlier messages, Dartmouth will move forward with construction projects only when the sources for funding the construction and operating costs are identified. We have received tremendous support from Dartmouth alumni and friends, who have pledged more than $90 million toward the construction of these facilities. We are very grateful to those donors who have committed their support to these critical additions to the campus. Fundraising will continue over the next few months in order to enable us to move these projects from the planning phase to construction.

The priority facilities projects are in several categories.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM: To meet the College's 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, we will be going to the town for approval for two new residence halls this year. To be located near the intersection of Maynard and North College Streets, the new residences will accommodate 300 undergraduate students. The College also plans to 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. As we develop the design of this building, we will consult with neighbors and town officials.


  • 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 we need to raise additional funds, the plans for these two facilities are complete, and will soon be moving into the permitting phase.
  • The Engineering Sciences Center at the Thayer School of Engineering will include 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 the overwhelming support of the Thayer School alumni, the fundraising for this project is nearly complete, and pending approval by town boards, construction will begin in 2004.
  • Sudikoff Laboratory for Computer Science addition will improve and expand faculty and graduate student computer research labs and office space. Like the Kemeny building, Sudikoff 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.


Dartmouth is in the early stages of planning for additional projects on campus. We are 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, I have convened a planning group that is assessing the 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 be able to house more of its first year students. Planning is underway for future athletic field needs including soccer and recreational sports.


In addition, the Dartmouth Real Estate Office continues to work with the Town of Hanover and City of Lebanon to be able 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.

We are very excited to be moving these key projects forward. We also look forward to talking with our neighbors about these projects, and to working with town boards and officials. 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.

More Information

Dartmouth to pursue a range of key new facilities projects
Details of Dartmouth facilities priorities
Map of Central Campus Master Plan (207k, opens in new window)

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