Construction to Begin on West End Expansion at Start of New Year

When Dartmouth employees return to work after the holiday break, they’ll notice construction underway on the expansion of the west end of campus.

The $200-million project, funded entirely through gifts to the College, will integrate experiential learning in engineering, computer science, and entrepreneurship in a new building to be shared by Thayer School of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, and the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship. The Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility will also be housed in the building.

The integration of engineering, computer science, and entrepreneurship in the new building will increase opportunities for collaboration as faculty and students share an open space designed to encourage informal conversation and meetings. The new building will feature a large atrium connected to student design spaces, making project work and studios visible to passersby.

Over time, the building will allow for the doubling of the Thayer faculty and a 50 percent increase in the computer science faculty. The facility will create space to offer engineering and computer science courses to all interested Dartmouth students; support the growing number of majors in both areas (engineering and computer science majors have doubled over the past decade); and double the square footage available to the programs.

Information about the project is available on the Planning, Design and Construction website. Questions about the work can be directed to the planning office at [email protected].