Foisie Innovation Studio & Messenger Residence Hall

Opening in early Fall 2018, the Foisie Innovation Studio will serve as a hub for WPI’s project-based curriculum. The $49 million, 78,000-square-foot facility will provide future generations of students with the physical space in which to immerse themselves in WPI’s distinctive brand of learning. Plans for the building include a variety of academic spaces ranging from high-tech classrooms to an innovation and entrepreneurship center and a global impact lab that will support the “hands-on” aspect of the WPI curriculum. The building is named for Robert A. Foisie, a 1956 graduate of WPI and the university’s most generous individual donor, whose lifetime commitments have helped nearly 600 students realize the dream of a WPI education.

The building also includes a three-floor residence hall with space for 140 students. The naming of the Messenger Residence Hall honors Priscilla and George Messenger Jr. ’51 for their lifetime support of WPI students. The couple established the George and Priscilla Messenger Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2001, and has made additional generous commitments to that fund over the years.

corner rendering (Large).jpg

The complex includes two floors of classrooms, makerspace, a robotics labs, café, and three floors of student living space.
The complex includes two floors of classrooms, makerspace, a robotics labs, café, and three floors of student living space.

studio-makerspace.jpg

Foisie Innovation Studio makersapce
A new hands-on makerspace lets students design and create prototypes using hand tools and rapid prototyping equipment.

the-hub.jpg

Foisie Innovation Studio Hub
The “Hive” features a display wall, areas for casual collaboration or presentations and a walkway to the Quad and Campus Center.

student-lounge.jpg

Student Lounge in the Foisie Innovation Studio
Informal collaboration areas with display technology and movable tables and seating foster interaction.

forum.jpg

Foisie Innovation Studio Forum
The Foisie Innovation Studio provides a range of gathering spaces for different types of group interaction and project work.

DSC_8338_digital_1.jpg

foise
November 18, 2016

DSC_9670_digital_1.jpg

foise
December 14, 2016

DSC_0771_digital_1.jpg

foise
January 11, 2017

foise19_digital_1.jpg

foise
January 17, 2017

DSC_0966_digital_1.jpg

foise
January 23, 2017

DSC_1237_digital_1.jpg

foise
January 30, 2017

DSC_1637_digital_1.jpg

foise
February 8, 2017

DSC_2194_digital_1.jpg

foise
February 10, 2017

DSC_2789_digital_1.jpg

foise
February 20, 2017