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 Mid-air milestone

The ceremonial final beam for Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Center was hoisted into place atop the tower of Kemeny Hall on Fri., July 15. The "topping off" beam, a  construction tradition, signifies good wishes to those who will use the building. The beam, bearing the signatures of members of the mathematics department, the Centers and others, recognizes the work of the construction crews and all involved in the project.

Kemeny Hall construction
Construction workers carefully place the final beam on Kemeny Hall tower. (photo by Charles Rountree '05)

Named in honor of Dartmouth's 13th president, mathematician and co-inventor of the BASIC computer language, John G. Kemeny, construction began on the building in Nov. 2004. Kemeny led the Dartmouth Mathematics program to national prominence, established the College as a pacesetter in computing and shepherded the transition to coeducation and the renewal of Dartmouth's founding commitment to Native Americans.

Recently, more than 2,000 alumni and friends of the College donated  more than $10.7 million to meet a Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant that added $1 million in funding to the Kemeny Hall project.

Kemeny Hall will reunite the Mathematics Department. Bradley and Gerry Halls, currently standing between Baker-Berry and Kemeny, will be demolished to create space for the Haldeman Center, which will house Dartmouth's three interdisciplinary institutes, The Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Ethics Institute and the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities. (The two contiguous buildings will contain 92,000 square feet, with Kemeny Hall at 60,000 square feet.) Named in honor of their parents, Charles E. and Betty Jane Haldeman, Charles "Ed" Jr. Haldeman '70 and his wife, Barbara, donated $10 million to the project. Haldeman is a member of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees.

The combination of Baker-Berry, Kemeny and Haldeman will provide additional opportunities for collaboration across disciplines and provide meeting and conference space for departments throughout the College.

Together with the McLaughlin Residential Cluster, rising to the north on the site of the old Mary Hitchcock Hospital; the Tuck Mall Residential Cluster, under construction near the Gold Coast; the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center addition to the Thayer School of Engineering and numerous new athletics facilities, Kemeny Hall is part of a major series of new campus buildings that will enhance the Dartmouth experience both inside and out of the classroom.

 "The campus is evolving in exciting ways," said Provost Barry Scherr. "Kemeny Hall will be a dynamic learning environment for the Mathematics Department and the Haldeman Center will provide a prominent location for our vibrant interdisciplinary institutes."

By LAUREL STAVIS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08