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Academic Facilities

Our facilities provide the physical infrastructure that enables our faculty and students to accomplish the business of learning. The Dartmouth campus is one of the most beautiful anywhere and the integrity, quality, and historic identity of the campus encourages a special sense of belonging. As we expand, we thus have a special responsibility to protect the heritage and aesthetic of the campus. Since 1995, we have built Moore Hall, Berry Library, and Whittemore Hall at Tuck. We have added a wing to Wilder Hall and renovated the Fairchild Science Center, Silsby Hall, and administrative space at Dartmouth Medical School. We are now completing the construction of Carson Hall and the renovation of Baker Library. While we have accomplished a great deal, much remains to be done.


  • We must construct a new academic building for the Thayer School to house new laboratory space, classrooms, student design project space, distance learning facilities, and offices. The addition will address the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students and will meet the needs of the school for the coming decade.

  • We have undertaken the expansion of the Rubin Building for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by adding four floors onto the current building. The new floors will include a clinical faculty floor, an office-based research floor, and two floors housing between 24 to 28 laboratories in total. This will provide critical space for the research needs of the comprehensive cancer center.

  • The Tuck School recently opened Whittemore Hall, a residential facility that includes conference space and academic resources for students. We must consider further expansion to allow the school to house more first-year MBA students on campus to foster the close-knit residentially based educational program that distinguishes Tuck.

  • We are planning to construct a new building for the Department of Mathematics to reunite the department under one roof. Kemeny Hall, named for the late John G. Kemeny, 13th President of Dartmouth, will include faculty offices as well as state-of-the-art classrooms.

  • We must provide additional space for the Computer Sciences Department, a discipline of historical strength at Dartmouth, which has outgrown its current facility.

  • We must provide a new academic facility to house the Dickey Center, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, and the Ethics Institute. Such a facility will provide a forum to encourage further collaboration among the faculty involved with these centers.

  • To build upon our strength in the Life Sciences and to meet our needs in this area, we must have a state-of-the-art facility, one designed to support our faculty and students in their research and learning. It is particularly exciting that this project will expand upon current bridges between the Arts and Sciences and the Medical School. This will be a shared facility that will further collaboration among faculty and will allow undergraduates and graduate students to have seamless access to faculty from both areas.

  • We must renovate and expand our facilities for the arts. The creative and performing arts have long been a particular strength at Dartmouth. But these departments and programs have outgrown the facilities where they currently reside. We have begun a preliminary architectural study, and we are committed to work to finance a renovation and expansion of the Hopkins Center.

  • We must further increase the number of "smart classrooms" and develop a program to replace equipment on a regular basis. Over the past 15 years, Dartmouth has systematically renovated classrooms and added sophisticated technological equipment to many of them.

Dartmouth is committed to responsible environmental practices. We have adopted the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the United States Green Building Council for our future construction. We have also implemented extensive energy conservation and recycling programs, and we are exploring the use of renewable fuels. Our forests have been certified as sustainably managed.


  • We must continue to make environmental concerns a significant priority in our decision making, to lead in the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices, and to place Dartmouth at the forefront in the exploration of issues related to the preservation of a healthy biosphere.

August 2002

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