Irving building

An artist’s rendering of the $100M Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society under construction at Dartmouth.

HANOVER — Work started this week on the $100 million Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society, part of the large scale expansion of Dartmouth College’s west end.

The institute, named for the Irving Oil chairman, “addresses the intersection of energy and society, focusing on the challenges and opportunities in transforming today’s energy systems to meet the needs of the future,” according to a news release from the college.

“The Irving Institute has grown quickly to enhance education, research and engagement on critical issues at the interface of energy and society,” said Elizabeth Wilson, the institute’s director. “Once constructed, the building will amplify the institute’s impact through its labs, meeting spaces and classrooms. It has been designed to enhance collaboration across all disciplines.”

The three-story, 55,000-square-foot building is going up “in front of Murdough Hall, filling the space that had been an outdoor courtyard. Murdough ... will be upgraded and connected to the Irving Institute building by an indoor atrium,” according to the college. “Tuck (School of Business) offices that had been located in Murdough have moved to other locations.”

The new building, expected to be ready for use in 2021, will be settled between Tuck and the new Thayer School of Engineering building. That project, costing more than $200 million, will include space for the Dartmouth computer science department as well as the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship.

The institute launched in 2016 with gifts amounting to $113 million, largely from members of the Irving family and the Irving Family Foundation. According to the college, the institute’s goal is to connect “faculty and students from many different disciplines ... to frame and examine the complexities of energy systems and transitions within the context of emerging societal needs.”

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