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|Exciting times for Wentworth Institute of Technology. Sometimes overshadowed by its gigantic neighbors in the Longwood Medical Area, it just got a green light from the city for its largest campus improvement plan.|
|At a Massachusetts Building Congress event, we snapped Wentworth president Zorica Pantic, who, since assuming her post in ?05, has guided planning for the 10-year master plan:$120M in development projects for the Mission Hill campus. The engineering, tech, design, and management school willmodernize academic facilities and add student amenities. In its last 10-year plan, it transitioned from a mostly commuter college to one with 900 beds.|
|David Wahlstrom, who oversees facilities and real estate, tells us facilities at the 31-acre campus (now 35 buildings with 1.2M SF) will be built new, renovated, expanded, and relocated. Wentworth will upgrade and add to the Ira Allen Building to create a $12M science center and will build a $54M residence hall with 300 beds at 525 Huntington Ave. In a few years, it'll also develop a$24M, 45k SF engineering center for computer science and electrical and mechanical engineering. And to maintain a work/play balance for students, the institute plans to invest $20Mto rebuild its athletic field as a deck over an existing parking lot.|
|In May, construction will start on the $12M, SG&A-designed renovation and expansion of Flanagan Campus Center at Beatty Hall, also on Huntington Ave. 23k SF will be renovated in the existing 100k SF structure, and another 7,000 SF will be added. It'll get a new main entrance and new fenestration, and the '60s-era pre-caste panels will be removed from the northern fa ade.|