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Norwich breaks ground on new academic building

NORTHFIELD—Last week, Norwich University broke ground on a new academic building as well as renovations to Webb, Dewey and Ainsworth Halls in a combined $48.5 million project.

This project is the second major construction project undertaken as part of the $100 million Forging the Future campaign. The five-year campaign is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019 and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

The $100 million will fund Mack Hall, a new, four-story academic building on campus; significantly renovate Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls; and grow scholarship endowments. Mack Hall will feature interactive classrooms; case-study spaces; pocket lounges; a high-tech, cyber-security War Room; and a 400-seat auditorium and performing arts center to host plays and musical events, symposiums and lectures, panel discussions and collaborative interaction.

“Together with the near $25 million renovations planned to transform Dewey, Webb and Ainsworth Halls, Mack Hall will propel Norwich University into an era where technology, collaboration and interdisciplinary studies will attract and retain the brightest students and be the vital foundation for the preparation of the leaders of the future,” Alan DeForest, chairman of the board of trustees said.

Total costs:

Construction of the new Mack Hall: $24 million

Renovations to Webb Hall: $13.5 million

Renovations to Dewey Hall: $6.5 million

Renovations to Ainsworth Hall: $4.5 million

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