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Gateway Park

WPI Gateway Park

In 2010, WPI added Gateway Park--a growing center of research, innovation, and commerce--to the campus footprint. It began as a joint venture with the Worcester Business Development Corporation to transform a blighted and underutilized area in into a clean, thriving, mixed-use facility for a range of academic, research, and commercial enterprises. Today Gateway Park includes facilities located at 50 Prescott Street (Gateway II), 60 Prescott Street (Gateway I), and 85 Prescott Street that house a number of academic and research programs, such as  Robotics Engineering, the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC), an expanded state-of-the-art Fire Protection Engineering research and burn laboratory, the Foisie Business School, and the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center. Gateway Park is also home to a number of WPI administrative offices and two commercial enterprises.

 

COVID-19 Building-Specific Safety Measures

  • Cleaning: Daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces in classrooms, hallways, stairs, bathrooms, and meeting spaces. Daily fogging of spaces with a disinfectant cleaning solution. 
  • Cleaning Supplies: Provided in centralized locations on each floor and in classrooms so individuals can clean their own workspace and equipment. 
  • Hand Sanitizer: Provided at entrances, in classrooms, and throughout public areas. Departments may be providing hand sanitizer at additional locations in office suites. 
  • Signage: To inform social distancing practices, occupancy limits, and cleaning requirements throughout the building. 
  • Bathrooms: Bathrooms have reduced occupancies required — some will be single-use occupancy to maintain social distancing. Drinking fountains have been shut off for your safety — where available, water bottle filler stations remain operational.
  • Classrooms and Teaching Labs: Classroom capacity has been reduced to maintain 6’ social distancing, daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces, cleaning supplies provided for students and faculty to clean personal space, where possible directional flow in and out of classrooms are indicated. 
  • Ventilation: Ventilation systems have been inspected, filters changed, and adjusted to increase ventilation rates. 
  • Clear Barriers: Clear plexiglass barriers have been installed at classroom teaching stations and service desks in department offices to help reduce transmission. 
  • Building Access: The building will remain locked during business hours and is accessible with your WPI ID card. Campus visitors must register in advance and be escorted by the department.