Dyson Renovations Delayed, 51 Fulton Fully Renovated
Renovations planned for the Dyson Center are being delayed, according to Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Geoffrey Brackett.
Brackett stated the college has made the decision to continue the planning process for the Dyson renovations, “to ensure this building project meets the needs of our students, faulty, and staff both today and in the future.”
Construction was initially scheduled to begin this fall semester with a tentative completion date in the 2020 December.
To accommodate students enrolled in Management and Social and Behavioral Sciences classes while Dyson was undergoing changes, updates were made to 51 Fulton Street over the 2019 summer.
Enhancements to 51 Fulton include the construction of new classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces. Taking inspiration from its former purpose as a recycling plant, the new model’s aesthetic incorporates elements of “adaptive reuse of an industrial space” and modern glass, according to Brackett.
As stated in a spring newsletter released by the President’s Office, the college worked with architects from Liscum, McCormack, VanVoorhis, who worked on the original McCann Center and the West Cedar Townhouses, to continue the “adaptive reuse of the old warehouse space that [the college] began a few years ago.”
The newsletter also confirmed that these spaces will additionally anticipate future needs of the Information Technology Department.
While the Dyson renovations were pushed back, 51 Fulton will continue to be used for academic programming, among other college uses.
“We look forward to providing an update to the campus community when additional details are available,” said Brackett.