July 6, 2015
Dear members of the Hajim School community:
It’s exciting to see the fences already up around the construction site for Wegmans Hall, which will be the new home for our Goergen Institute for Data Science. This four-story, 58,000- square-foot building will be linked by a bridge to Hopeman Hall and will feature offices and state-of- the-art labs punctuated by collaboration zones, shared lounges, and overlooks.
The new building symbolizes the University’s $100 million commitment to becoming a leader in the field of Data Science. And it ushers in a new era for the Hajim School, allowing us to do some much needed consolidation and renovation of our existing facilities.
At last week’s meeting of the Hajim School's department chairs, Paul Spaulding, the Senior Operations Officer for Arts, Sciences and Engineering, presented this TENTATIVE construction schedule:
1. Wegmans Hall -- including the Department of Computer Science (now in the Computer Studies Building) and offices of the Department of Chemical Engineering (now at Gavett Hall) – to be completed December 2016 or January 2017. You can read more about the new building here.
2. Landscaping for the new Science and Engineering Quad starting next spring, to be completed in October 2016. The quad will be the area bounded by Wegmans Hall on the north, Goergen Hall on the east, the Computer Studies Building and Carlson Library on the south, and Hutchison and Hylan halls on the west.
3. Consolidation of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offices and labs now at Hopeman with the rest of the department in the Computer Studies Building, after the Department of Computer Science moves, to be completed December 2017 or January 2018.
4. Conversion of the 3rd and 4th floors of Hopeman, after ECE leaves, into research labs for Chemical Engineering (now at Gavett), to be completed December 2018 or January 2019.
5. Conversion of Gavett, after ChemE leaves, into undergraduate classrooms and teaching labs, which will help us manage our increased enrollments.
We will meet with each of these departments as plans become finalized to ensure that these exciting changes occur with a minimum of disruption. And we will provide updates to the entire Hajim School community as they become available.
This project is, in many ways, a vote of confidence by the University in all we’ve worked so hard to accomplish at the Hajim School the last few years. So please take a moment to give yourselves a collective pat on the back for a job well done, and join me in looking forward as this next chapter in our school’s history unfolds.
As always, keep me updated and have a great week.
Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean