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:
The university 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.
Bentley worked closely with the Conservation Commission for the City of Waltham prior to any construction to ensure the environmental safety of the project. Before the start of foundation excavation, soil samples were taken at the project site, tested by McPhail Associates and results met all state and federal regulations. We will continue to make sure the land is safe and there are no adverse conditions that come from construction. Bentley's Director of Sustainability has been intimately involved with the project since day one and has helped ensure the project receives Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, one of the industry's highest honors for environmental friendliness; features include a solar-panel roof, high-efficiency lighting and water-saving bathroom fixtures.
Throughout 2016, 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 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.
Bentley teamed also partnered with Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC) to renovate and expand Jennison Hall, one of the school’s primary and oldest classroom buildings which 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 provided redesigned offices for the NAS faculty and staff. The portico facing the library was 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.