Now home to admissions and financial aid, Bartlett Center opened its doors this spring and a ceremonial dedication was held in June. Located on the east end of the campus quadrangle, the center is named for entrepreneur James L. Bartlett Jr. ‘39 and his wife, Shirley V. Bartlett, whose donation made the building possible.
Designed by CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. in Boston, Bartlett Center is the first building on campus to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council; it was designed as a “green building” by using sustainable design principles under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, such as using local and renewable building materials, recycling 90 percent of construction materials, reducing energy costs, and, overall, ensuring a better work environment.
“The Bartletts have made yet another impactful and generous contribution to WPI that is having such a transforming effect on this campus,” President Dennis Berkey said at the dedication. “I’m pleased that the building is consistent with the values and heritage of WPI.”
Surrounded by family and friends, Jim and Shirley Bartlett ceremoniously open the building named in their honor.
James Bartlett thanked the WPI trustees for their foresight and commitment to a project that began three years ago. “We’re tremendously pleased that the Bartlett name is on the entrance, but we’re mindful that there are many other people who were involved to make this happen,” he said.
Shirley Bartlett spoke of the continuing influence the building will have on students now and in the future. Commenting on why she and her husband wanted to make a difference at WPI, she said, “We like to do things that are needed.”
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