Dartmouth has started to provide more details about its plans for several renovations on campus and an ambitious new building to support the planned expansion of Thayer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. This area, on the left at the end of Tuck Drive and towards the Connecticut River, is called the "west end" of campus. The new Thayer facility will cost $155 million and is being funded wholly from philanthropy. Much of the new construction is intended to maximize the interface between the computational and physical elements of similar fields. "This will create a dynamic environment for synthesized collaboration and entrepreneurship across a broad array of disciplines, including medicine, energy, security, robotics, electronics and product design" said Thayer Dean Joseph Helble. As many as 70% of Dartmouth undergraduates take at least one engineering class, and classes fill up all to quickly. The new facility will allow the College to double the size of Thayer's faculty and increase staff in the Computer Science Department by half.
The building's garage will replace Cummings lot, and will significantly increase the number of parking spaces in this area. The project will also change the flow of traffic along West Wheelock Street and throughout the West End. Thayer Drive will close, and a new access road will be constructed specifically to provide access to the parking garage and Thayer loading docks. Old Tuck Drive will be restored and reopened to support one-way traffic heading from west to east. Improvements to the intersection of West Wheelock, West Street, and the new access road will also be made to improve access and safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
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