The office of new Provost Carolyn Dever is launching two task forces, one of which is aimed at “evaluating the prospect of giving Dartmouthâ€™s graduate and advanced studies programs a physical plant” (The Dartmouth of September 30; see also The Graduate Forum of October 3, The Dartmouth of October 7). Dartmouth has operated a number […]
One of the Strategic Planning reports suggests that Graduate Studies be given a lounge: The lack of any identifiable social space on the Dartmouth campus is quite striking, in comparison to all our peer institutions who have endowed graduate student centers. The ideal location for this space would be near the center of campus so […]
The Class of 1953 Commons project, a renovation of Thayer Dining Hall (The Dartmouth, The Dartmouth), has finished. Dartmouth Now has an article on the dedication with a flash (!?) slideshow of photos on Flickr. Bruner/Cott also has an image of the main dining room, and a first-floor plan appears on the DDS portion of […]
The Dartmouth recently published articles on the progress of construction in general and ’53 Commons in particular. The word is that football recruits like the revived Commons. The designers of the LSC, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, call the rectangular green space framed by the new building “the Yard.” The paved paths look as if they follow […]
Rendering of interior of Class of 1953 Commons posted outside the building An article in The Dartmouth today credits Bruner Cott with the design of the ongoing Class of 1953 Commons renovation of Thayer Dining Hall. The identity of the designer of this project has been the object of some curiosity. Initially, Bruner Cott designed […]
News notes on construction projects old and new: An anonymous donation has named the fitness center recently installed in the old gymnasium space at the top of Alumni Gym for former Trustee Charles Zimmerman ’23 Tu ’24 (The Dartmouth, Bloomberg). An article in the Valley News on Harris Trail at Hanover and the Class of […]
The photo accompanying the press release on the recent pre-renovation dedication shows that the word THAYER has been replaced with the words CLASS OF 1953 COMMONS over the door of the building. (The inverted display of the Dartmouth flag is understood to indicate a beverage emergency.) One of the biggest problems with Thayer seems to […]
The Dartmouth reports that the freestanding Class of 1953 Commons and the Thayer Dining Hall replacement, projects that have been on hold for about a year and a half, have both been canceled. The funds raised for 53 Commons will fund the renovation of the original Thayer Hall instead. Dartmouth has frequently wrestled with the […]
The delay in construction of the Class of 1953 Commons north of Maynard Street is due to trouble obtaining permits, The Dartmouth reported last month, but the building is still going ahead (October 31 article) and will be built between August 2010 and August 2012 (Capital Projects Schedule October 13, 2008 [pdf]). —– [Update 01.05.2013: […]
Several major projects, including ’53 Commons, the Thayer Dining Hall replacement, and the Visual Arts Center, have been delayed, The Dartmouth reports. Kieran Timberlake has already shown preliminary designs for the Thayer replacement. The Dartmouth quoted Associate Provost Mary Gorman as noting that the building will be taller than Thayer — tall enough to see […]
The Development Office has published requests for a number of specific gifts, including the ’53 Commons Terrace. Three zones will occupy the space between the building and Maynard Street: the Portico, which is a collonaded space; the Terrace, which will have space for 100 people to sit and might be stepped downward away from the […]
The latest project schedule (pdf) provides for the construction of an interim dining hall to take up slack while Thayer is being replaced. This idea was mentioned more than a year ago in The Dartmouth. It is not clear whether the building itself will be temporary, although the short construction time suggests that it will […]
The Trustees recently discussed updates to Lo-Yi Chan‘s 2001 master plan and the designs for the Visual Arts Center, the Life Sciences Building, the Class of 1953 Commons, and the New Thayer Dining Hall (press release). Peter Bohlin, whose firm is designing the Life Sciences Building, designed a nature center building for the Vermont Institute […]
More detailed drawings of the ’53 Commons are available.
Richard Burck Associates has an interesting variation on the Berry Row landscape plan at their website, more rectilinear than the one depicted on the OPDC site. The project also includes the landscaping of the unnamed rectangular yard in front of the ’53 Commons, which will be lined with elms.
The OPDC’s updated Construction Maps show the north campus finally knitting together. The Life Sciences Building looks like it will serve as a gateway building, form a wall defining two of the bounds of the campus, and partially enclose an informal quadrangle at the Medical School.
The Class of ’53 Commons project page is up, providing plans and elevation drawings for Dartmouth’s second major dining hall. The building will stand behind Dick’s House and feature a south-facing colonnade behind a lawn (see perspective rendering). What appears to be the new headquarters of the Office of Residential Life will occupy the ’53 […]
The Dartmouth and Vox have covered a number of building-related topics recently: Zoning for the 53 Commons north of Maynard Street The dedication of Kemeny Hall and the Haldeman Centers on the Kiewit site The Real Estate Office, which is redeveloping the block south of the Hop The Faheys’ gifts The Records Management office, which […]