Wentworth Institute of Technology has opened two new buildings on its campus to serve as centers of community and academic life for students.
The newly built Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and the William H. Flanagan Campus Center opened at the start of the fall semester last month. School and city officials celebrated the opening of the two buildings with a ceremonial ribbon cutting Saturday.
The Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, a 40,000-square-foot addition to the renovated Ira Allen building will provide offices for 36 faculty members, eleven new teaching laboratories and study lounges designed for collaboration outside the labs.
The large open space between the renovated Ira Allen building and the new addition will be known as the Forum and will be used as another informal gathering space for science and biomedical engineering students.
The Flanagan Campus Center at Beatty Hall will serve as the hub of student life as well and provide resources to the local Mission Hill and Fenway communities.
It includes a fitness center, radio station, recreation center, meditation room, bookstore, and new student lounge, along with space for student activities, clubs, and organization.
A 7,000-square-foot addition expands the renovated dining commons and function room.
On the exterior of the building, a two-story multi-media wall will display information about campus happenings and current events on the front fašade.
The school hopes these improvements promote academic and social development for its students while strengthening ties with surrounding neighborhoods.
The school is also in the process of developing a new a seven-story dormitory at 525 Huntington Ave.