Field Trip

Building Wentworth’s Future

by Doug Millen

It has been many years since I have been back to Wentworth. I graduated back in 1978. The campus was small and Beatty Hall was the new building on campus. Things have changed! Wentworth is on the move, expanding and meeting the demands of the future.

I attended the 4th anual Alumni network gathering and had the pleasure to meet the president of Wentworth, Zorica Pantić. Her vision will take Wentworth into the future. She is very excited about the renovations and what this means to Wentworth. The Wentworth Strategic Plan is well on it’s way and the improvements to date have been tremendous. It’s Pantić’s vision that will guide Wentworth into the future to remain a technology leader.

Many thanks to Shawmut and Bond Bros. Construction for the tours of the Campus Center renovations at Beatty Hall and the new Center for Sciences in the old Ira Allen building. It is great to see that so many involved in the projects are Wentworth Alumni. Special thanks to Kevin Smith, Clerk of the Works for both projects, a great tour. I was impressed with the quality and thoughtfulness of the construction in a complicated and demanding environment. Builder, Architect and Client working in harmony. Two great projects well done.

The projects will be fully operational by summer and ready for students in the fall.

William H. Flanagan Campus Center

“The Campus Center will serve as the hub of student life, providing an exciting, student-focused environment through innovative programming and state-of-the-art spaces for activities, clubs, and organizations. It will include a fitness center, radio station, recreation center, meditation room, and bookstore. A 7,000-square-foot addition will accommodate the expansion and renovation of the dining commons, function room, kitchen and servery, as well as create outdoor green space.” [more…]

 

Architect: Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc

General Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction

 

Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

“The transformation of the Ira Allen building will enhance our pedagogy for the instruction of sciences and engineering by creating eleven new dynamic teaching laboratories. To support the learning environment, the spaces outside of the laboratories are designed as daylit collaborative study lounges.” [more…]

Architect: Perkins + Will

General Contractor: Bond Bros. Construction

 

Construction Updates

 

 


Photos from the Event

Photos by Doug Millen

 

Sources: www.wit.edu and the Wentworth Alumni Association

 

Field trip to Troy, NY

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

Early this spring I was fortunate enough to be given a tour of this grand project. Steve Coats a long time friend and  Project manager for Turner Construction, the GC,  gave me a tour. Over 1 million dollars worth of cedar grace the curved exterior. The theme is of a ship in a bottle. It presented some challenges to say the least. An excellent project and very well done. Many thanks to Steve and Turner Construction.

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Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (eMPAC), in Troy, N.Y., a 217,000 sq. ft. 400-seat theater, studios, radio station and 1,200-seat concert hall.

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