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Wentworth Breaking Ground on $55 Million Academic Building

June 14, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and City of Boston officials will join Wentworth Institute of Technology representatives June 21, 2017, to mark the start of construction for a $55 million multipurpose academic building that will support engineering, innovation, and sciences at the century-old school.

The groundbreaking for the project will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wentworth’s 550 Huntington Avenue campus. The new building, the first academic structure to be added to the Institute’s campus in 45 years (new residence halls have been built during that span), will be erected in the area bordering Parker Street.

Senior administrators say the project reflects Wentworth’s “steady rise” in recent years. Other transformations at the school include the total renovation of the Institute’s Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons, transforming it into a blueprint for the library of the future; and the addition of six master’s degree programs, which has made Wentworth eligible for university status in Massachusetts.

“Wentworth is a leader in engineering, technology, design, and management education, and this new building will help our students prepare for the opportunities of the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century,” said President Zorica Pantić.

Officials expect the building will be ready for occupancy in spring 2019. The four-story, 78,000-square-foot facility will be located at the center of campus and will include laboratory and office space, as well as presentation and gathering areas for students, faculty, and staff.

“This new academic building is a significant step forward into the future for Wentworth that will advance student learning opportunities and drive innovation,” said Mayor Walsh. “I congratulate Wentworth on this milestone that will showcase their status as a premier institution in the City of Boston, equipped with the 21st century tools and resources to teach and inspire students. Combined, the power of research and higher education will take our city to new heights, and I look forward to generations of new discoveries and new scientists emerging from its walls.”

David Wahlstrom, Wentworth’s vice president for business, said the building will provide more-modern academic space to meet the “next evolution” of study for several engineering disciplines.

The building will house Wentworth’s new Biological Engineering Program; its Biomedical and Civil Engineering programs; as well as the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and an Additive 3D manufacturing center.

“Wentworth’s curriculum is evolving, and this requires new and different teaching and learning spaces with configurations that promote interdisciplinary approaches to solving the technical challenges of our day,” Wahlstrom said.

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