Norwich to break ground on $48.5 million academic building, renovations Friday

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Norwich to break ground on $48.5 million academic building, renovations Friday

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University will break ground on a new academic building—Mack Hall—as well as renovations to Webb, Dewey and Ainsworth Halls in a combined $48.5 million project, at a ceremony on Friday, April 28. At 5:30 pm, community members will assemble at the west side corridor of Webb Hall to celebrate the start of the two-year construction project. The new building, named for Robert B. ’64, H ’06, trustee emeritus and Tammie Mack, is slated to open in August 2018. When this entire project is completed in 2019, 40 percent of all academic space on campus will be new or have had a complete upgrade or renovation.

Alan F DeForest ’75 & P ’01, chairman of the board of trustees; Deborah E. McNally, Class of 2018; and President Richard W. Schneider will give remarks to mark the occasion.

This project is the second major construction project undertaken as part of the $100 million Forging the Future campaign. The five-year campaign is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019 and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

The $100 million will fund Mack Hall, a new, four-story academic building on campus; significantly renovate Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls; and grow scholarship endowments. The first major construction project of the campaign was the $6.8 million renovations made to Kreitzberg Library, completed in August 2015, which modernized the campus library to an epicenter of experiential learning.

Mack Hall will feature interactive classrooms; case-study spaces; pocket lounges; a high-tech, cyber-security War Room; and a 400-seat auditorium and performing arts center to host plays and musical events, symposiums and lectures, panel discussions and collaborative interaction.

“Together with the near $25 million renovations planned to transform Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls, Mack Hall will propel Norwich University into an era where technology, collaboration and interdisciplinary studies will attract and retain the brightest students and be the vital foundation for the preparation of the leaders of the future,” Chairman DeForest said.

Total costs:

  • Construction of the brand new Mack Hall - $24M
  • Renovations to Webb Hall - $13.5M
  • Renovations to Dewey Hall - $6.5M
  • Renovations to Ainsworth Hall - $4.5M

Norwich University contractors and corporate partners for this project are: Bates & Murray; Benoit Electric; Engelberth Construction; Freeman French Freeman; Jones Architecture; Rock of Ages; and Northfield Savings Bank.

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Leadership” here:    

Source: Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont, 4.26.2017