Renovation and building projects on the Bentley campus involve cooperation and collaboration among many groups including Facilities Management, Administration and Finance, Board subcommittees and the departments impacted by the project. These groups provide insight and guidance on all major building projects including oversight of general contractors, setting budgets, assistance in the design process, and assuring the quality and the function of the new or renovated space.
Ten Year Capital Plan
Bentley University has begun a ten year capital plan to modernize and expand the campus including renovating academic buildings and residence halls, building a new multipurpose arena, a health and wellness center and a new academic building. Current projects include:
Bentley teamed with Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) to renovate and expand Jennison Hall, one of the school’s primary and oldest classroom buildings which currently houses four science labs, faculty offices for the department of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), two learning labs and 37 classrooms.
The major renovation transformed the existing dark and tired classroom building into a dynamic new learning environment that included renovated classroom and lab spaces with state-of-the-art technology and physical layouts that meet the teaching and learning requirements of a leading 21st century business university.
New collaboration spaces, called “collaboratories,” promote team-based activities and encourage student interaction beyond the typical classroom. The project also provides redesigned offices for the NAS faculty and staff. The portico facing the library was also transformed to house Academic Services for both graduate and undergraduate students. The project began in May 2016 with interior demolition work and was completed in time for spring 2017 classes.
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The university also teamed with Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) to design a new, multipurpose arena located on campus for large scale events including seminars, concerts, and guest speakers; the building will also simultaneously serve as an ice hockey arena, providing Bentley’s NCAA Division 1 hockey team a much-needed home rink. Since 1977, the team has used the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown.
Over the past year, a working group appointed by the president carefully studied the feasibility of building this long-proposed multipurpose arena on campus. It will be funded by a combination of private gifts and operating reserves and will feature approximately 2,000 fixed seats that can also accommodate up to 3,400 people when using the removable floor atop the ice.
The building will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification requirements for sustainable design, construction and operations; features include a solar-panel roof, high-efficiency lighting and water-saving bathroom fixtures.
The location for the venue is on Bentley’s south campus at the site of the tennis courts. Construction began in the fall of 2016 with an anticipated opening in early 2018. Click here to learn more.
The new health and wellness center is tentatively scheduled for year five of the 10 year plan; the academic building is planned for year nine.
Check this page for updates on current major projects as they become available.