Dartmouth has a long-standing tradition of providing students with a wide variety of residential options, leadership experiences and opportunities for involvement that complement and support the educational mission of the College. Our residential communities are places where residents meet and form connections with fellow students - where one might spend late nights sitting in the hallway talking with friends or in a lounge studying with classmates. Through these interactions, students develop lifelong friendships and grow and learn about themselves and others.
New facilities include McCulloch Hall, an 80-bed residence that opened in 2002 as part of the East Wheelock Cluster. Planning continues for two major new facilities: the Maynard Street and Tuck Mall residences. Designed to house as many as 500 students, these residences will be primarily for students in their first and second years at Dartmouth, and will likely include lounges, a large social commons, kitchens and seminar rooms.
"Residence halls constructed 100 years ago can often no longer provide either the space or the amenities today's students expect," wrote President James Wright in his Five-Year Report. "And for all of our buildings, there are new and complicated requirements to make them safe and accessible."
In addition to undergraduate residential life, several projects address critical housing needs for our graduate student population. Whittemore Hall, at the Tuck School of Business, now houses 127 first-year Tuck students. Eleven buildings on North Park Street offer 33 apartments for up to 111 graduate students. And planning is underway for the redevelopment of Sachem Village in nearby West Lebanon, with 130 new units and amenities including a community center with study and social space, a tennis court, a basketball court, playgrounds and a community garden.
For all of our new construction projects, Dartmouth has adopted the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the United States Green Building Council, and we have implemented extensive energy conservation and recycling programs.