The 55,000 SF Irving Institute for Energy and Society houses a newly created academic institute dedicated to the issues of energy and society. The mission of the Institute is “to advance an affordable, sustainable, and reliable energy future for the benefit of society.” Programs within the building are multidisciplinary, drawing upon faculty and students from across Dartmouth’s undergraduate and graduate schools. Energy issues are among the greatest global challenges facing modern society, affecting all aspects of human welfare and knowledge, including science and technology, the natural environment, economic development, social equality, geopolitics, international trade, and global business and markets. The Institute is located between the Tuck School of Business and Thayer School of Engineering. An atrium forms a connection to Murdough Hall, providing a natural point of convergence for faculty and students from around campus. The building contains reaching and learning spaces, faculty and research office and workplace environments, research and demonstration labs and maker spaces, the Fern Cafe, and a series of spaces designed to foster informal interaction. Dartmouth envisioned marrying forward-thinking, aspirational architecture with superior energy efficiency and sustainable design elements for a building that is best-in-class for its time. The Irving Institute will seek to continue and improve upon the Dartmouth’s tradition of high-performance buildings and landscapes; a LEED Platinum designation will be sought for this building.
Construction was completed in March of 2022.