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.