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Kaven Hall

WPI Kaven Hall

100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609

Home to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Kaven was constructed in 1954 and named for Moses Kaven, WPI Class of 1865, who was the vice president of the United Shoe Machinery Co. and a generous WPI benefactor. The brick facades accented with limestone trim were selected to complement Atwater Kent Laboratories, and the shape of the building forms the letter C (for civil engineering). The modern facilities in Kaven include laboratories for structural engineering, geotechnical and water resources, environmental analysis, construction materials, and computer-aided materials and design.

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 work space 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: Windows may be opened for ventilation. If you open a window, be sure to shut off the air conditioner in that space
  • 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