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Wentworth Officially Breaks Ground on Building for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences
June 21, 2017
From left: Mike McKelvy, president and CEO of Gilbane Building Company; Assistant Professor Nate Derbinsky; Representative Chynah Tyler; Boston Mayor Martin Walsh; Wentworth President Zorica Pantić; Trustee Gregory Janey, ARS '82, BCM '04, Hon. '17; City Councilor Tim McCarthy; City Councilor Josh Zakim; Josiah Stevenson, principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates; student speaker Jon Flynn, BFPM '17.
BOSTON -- Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Wentworth President Zorica Pantić, and other officials broke ground June 21 for a $55 million building for engineering, innovation, and sciences on Wentworth’s Huntington Avenue campus.
“This project is a good fit for the City of Boston today and certainly for tomorrow,” said Walsh. “We are a world-class city of higher education, and Wentworth is at the top of that list.”
Due to open in spring 2019, the first academic building for Wentworth in 45 years will house the school’s new Biological Engineering Program; its Biomedical and Civil Engineering programs; the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and a 3D manufacturing center.
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.
“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 Pantić.
Gregory Janey, a Wentworth alumnus, trustee, and principal owner of Janey Construction Management, called the project historic for the educational value it holds for the Institute’s students.
“This new facility will fortify Wentworth’s place among the best multi-disciplinary, technical, engineering institutions in Boston and beyond,” said Jon Flynn, BFPM ’17, interim president of Wentworth Student Government. “I look forward to the development of this building and the continued evolution of the institution, and I commend Wentworth for making this investment in its students.”
- May 18, 2018—Mike Johnson, BELM ’05, and Rob Kodadek, BELM ’05, whose company has worked on the Saturday Night Live studio and Super Bowl XLIX, among other projects, created a lighting module that inspired a world of creativity in Wentworth’s junior industrial design studio.
- May 15, 2018—The Wentworth Institute of Technology Concrete Canoe team was awarded one of six wild card invitations to the 2018 National Concrete Canoe Competition, where it will compete against 24 other teams.
- May 4, 2018—Gilbane has partnered with Wentworth faculty members to form a hands-on educational program around its design and construction, including bi-weekly site tours, an evening lecture series focused on construction and design discipline.