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Groundbreaking: Construction Begins on MacLean Engineering Sciences Center

Rendering of MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. Illustration courtesy of Koetter/Kim and Associates.
BIG DIG: Rendering of MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. Illustration courtesy of Koetter/Kim and Associates.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held May 8 for the new MacLean Engineering Sciences Center, with construction launched in August. The building, which will house innovative instructional and research spaces, will adjoin the south side of Cummings Hall.

Barry MacLean
Barry MacLean ’60, Th’61. Photograph by Joe Mehling ’69.

Barry MacLean ’60, Th’61 and his wife, Mary Ann, donated $15 million toward the new Engineering Sciences Center. President and chief executive officer of MacLean-Fogg Co., a diversified company specializing in high-performance fastener and component manufacturing, MacLean has served on Thayer School’s Board of Overseers since 1972 and was a Dartmouth College Trustee from 1991 to 2001. “It brings me satisfaction to see the College prosper as one of the nation’s select institutions. To sustain that, you need to reinvest,” says MacLean, a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow who received the Robert Fletcher Award in 1989 and an honorary master of arts degree from Dartmouth in 1991. Mary Ann MacLean is a trustee of Union College and serves on a number of boards in their home city, Chicago.

From left to right, Overseer Chair John Ballard, Dean Lewis M. Duncan, donors Mary Ann and Barry MacLean, and former President James Wright. Photograph by Joe Mehling '69.
From left to right, Overseer chair John Ballard, Dean Lewis M. Duncan, donors Mary Ann and Barry MacLean, and President James Wright. Photograph by Joe Mehling ’69.

Designed by Koetter/Kim and Associates of Boston, the four-level, 64,300-square-foot MacLean Engineering Sciences Center will feature interconnected spaces for undergraduate and graduate research and integrated project rooms for design, fabrication, and instruction. According to interim Dean William Lotko, the new facility will free up space in Cummings Hall for ongoing research in biomedical engineering, computer engineering, dynamics and controls, lasers and optics, and nanomaterials, as well as accommodating the planned expansion of biotech research.

The MacLean Engineering Sciences Center is scheduled to open during spring of 2006.

Hats and shovels
Photograph by Joe Mehling ’69

For more photos, visit our MacLean Engineering Sciences Center set on Flickr.

Categories: The Great Hall, Groundbreaking

Tags: design, facilities

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