It’s All Connected

WPI’s newest building is a state-of-the-art academic and research facility that will foster and enhance interdisciplinary connections and collaboration across campus. It provides a base for a community of WPI faculty, researchers, and students focused on the connected world to come together––along with partners from industry, government, and academia––to develop integrated solutions with computational methods and smart design to some of the world’s most pressing problems in health, energy, transportation, and the built environment.

Also included in the facility are versatile learning spaces that can be configured in multiple ways to inspire learning through doing; flexible research, collaborative, and graduate student space designed to bring great minds together to solve important problems; and faculty offices to support faculty expansion and maintain the teaching and learning environment for which WPI is well known.

Located on the current Boynton Street parking lot down the hill from the Gordon Library, the building will also feature an integrated Student Academic Services Center, which will conveniently connect students with the support and guidance they need to help them succeed, both personally and academically, throughout their WPI journey––and beyond.

The new building will also improve navigation and accessibility from Boynton Street to the top of the hill and help create strong, direct connections between WPI’s main campus, its eastern residential area, and its academic programs and centers at Gateway Park.

The 100,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in January 2022.

WPI President Laurie Leshin
This building will be an apex of connectivity—a place of teaching, learning, discovery, collaboration, creation, and support.
WPI President Laurie Leshin
WPI Provost
The WPI community is passionate about using our scientific and technological knowledge and research—and our impactful and distinctive approach to project-based education—for the greater good.
WPI Provost Winston “Wole” Soboyejo

A Connected Hub

When WPI faculty, researchers, students and staff come together, their potential for effectively addressing great problems is multiplied, and by applying WPI’s key strengths in new ways, we know we can continue to make the world a better place.

As we approach what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the building will be a “smart” hub for faculty, researchers, and students from the computational sciences who are focused on the connected world, including:

 

An Integrated Approach to Student Support

The Student Academic Services Center will assist students in selecting their academic path, in supporting academic success, and in career planning and development to help deliver on the promise of a WPI education. With this integrated and comprehensive approach, students will have direct and convenient access––all under one roof––to the information, opportunities, and resources to successfully manage the college experience and achieve their academic goals. 

The Student Academic Services Center will include:

A Bold, New Building to Accelerate WPI’s Impact

This new facility offers many opportunities for WPI alumni, parents, and friends to make an impact with their philanthropy, including a special opportunity through a challenge grant from the George I. Alden Trust. To learn more about how your philanthropy can help make this bold, new building a reality, contact Donna Stock, assistant vice president of leadership giving for University Advancement, at dstock@wpi.edu or 508-831-6073.

 

Groundbreaking A.jpg

Groundbreaking
Class of 1982 alumni George & Karen Oliver and Doug Meystre from the George I. Alden Trust joined WPI President Laurie Leshin, Provost Wole Soboyejo, Trustee Joyce Kline ’87, Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, Vice President for Student Affairs Philip Clay, and Secretary of the Faculty Tanja Dominko to break ground on the university’s future.