Dartmouth Hall, Irving, ECSC Recognized by Architects

News subtitle

N.H. group honors Dartmouth buildings with top preservation and design citations.

Three buildings on Dartmouth campus that won awards.
Clockwise from left, Dartmouth Hall, the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center, and the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society.

The renovation of the iconic Dartmouth Hall has been recognized by the New Hampshire chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the 2023 Monahan Preservation Honor Award as an exemplary historic preservation project.

NH AIA also announced merit awards for Excellence in Architectural Design for Commercial/Institutional projects to the new Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center and the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society on the West End of campus.

“We are delighted that the New Hampshire AIA has recognized the outstanding work that went into these projects, which mean so much to our institution and the whole Dartmouth community,” says Josh Keniston, senior vice president of capital planning and campus operations.

“We are particularly gratified with the recognition of the Dartmouth Hall renovation project, given the building’s historic role at the heart of campus and because of the commitment and generosity of the women of Dartmouth who made it possible to dedicate the project to coincide with the 50th anniversary of coeducation,” he says.

In the fall edition of the AIA NH Forum magazine, the association announced the renovation of Dartmouth Hall, designed by designLAB architects, won the 2023 Monahan Preservation Honor Award for outstanding and exemplary historic preservation projects, writing, “with this new iteration, tradition is honored while the future is infused. Dartmouth Hall is everlasting—and it finally embodies its diverse histories as it serves generations to come.”

The Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center, designed by HGA, won the merit award for Excellence in Architectural Design—Commercial/ Institutional, recognizing that “the building’s design fosters collaboration to promote synergies between fields that spark discovery and solutions to global science and engineering challenges.”

The merit award for design cited the Irving Institute building, designed by architects Goody Clancy, as “a teaching and research tool; it encourages occupants to connect their own behavior with the building’s energy performance, and operations data will fuel future institute research.”

Dartmouth Hall

Originally constructed between 1784 and 1792 and destroyed twice since then by fires, Dartmouth Hall was fully renovated in 2021-2022. Through the generosity of over 1,700 alumnae who raised more than $25 million, the renovation was designed to preserve the building’s iconic exterior, renovate interior spaces, and address deferred maintenance needs including full accessibility of the building and landscape.

In November 2022, more than 500 alumnae from across the globe traveled to Hanover to join in the commemoration of coeducation where the rededication of Dartmouth Hall was a centerpiece of the weekend celebrations.

Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

Construction of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society was completed in March 2022. The mission of the Institute is “to advance an affordable, sustainable, and reliable energy future for the benefit of society.” Programs within the building are multidisciplinary, drawing upon faculty and students from across Dartmouth’s undergraduate and graduate schools.

Part of the West End construction project that also includes the ECSC, the Irving Institute also contains teaching and learning spaces, faculty and research office and workplace environments, research and demonstration labs and maker spaces, and other spaces designed to foster informal interaction. The Sustainability Office is also located there.

Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center

In March 2022, Dartmouth completed construction of the Class of 1982 Engineering and Computer Science Center. In addition to housing faculty in these two academic disciplines, the ECSC is also home to the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship, the Dali Lab, and the Electron Microscope Facility. The expanded engineering and computer science programs in this building increase access to faculty through lower student-faculty ratios, expand opportunity for all students to integrate engineering and the liberal arts, and increase research and entrepreneurship opportunities.

In April, the ECSC was awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest designation for sustainable design. LEED is the internationally recognized benchmark for eco-friendly building design, construction and operation.

Dartmouth Hall has officially received LEED Gold certification, and Irving’s certification is still pending.