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Project Center

WPI Project Center

100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609

The small two-story building now known as the Project Center was built in 1902 to serve as a commercial and educational iron foundry where students learned to case machine parts from molten metal. It was later converted into a high-tech forge shop that generated sizable revenue and produced many of the intricately designed components Robert Goddard used in his experiments. Today the building serves as the administrative center for the WPI Plan, the university's innovative, project-based learning undergraduate program. It is home to the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, which oversees student Interactive Qualifying Projects and manages more than 40 WPI project centers around the world. The lower level houses WPI’s Career Development Center, which helps students and alumni plan for their futures and find internship and career opportunities.

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.
  • Meeting Rooms: Meeting room capacity has been reduced to maintain 6’ social distancing.
  • 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. 

Offices and Departments