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Thurston Hall Addition

Thurston Hall Addition rock garden view


Thurston Hall Addition 2f stairs interior
Thurston Hall Addition 4f look west interior
Thurston Hall Addition 1f look in interior

The Thurston Hall Addition for Instructional Labs is a new four-story addition to the Thurston-Kimball-Bard complex, on the Pew Engineering Quad.  The project is 50,550 GSF and will provide a new presence for the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering on the Pew Engineering Quad, promote interaction and collaboration between Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Material Science & Engineering and other Engineering students. Additionally, new research labs will be created for Material Science & Engineering. The building will consist of state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research by creating highly efficient laboratories, open environments to support interaction and collaboration, and flexible and adaptable space to support multi-purpose use. 

If you would like to receive updates about this project, please reach out to Jon Minarski ( All previous updates can be found here in our Thurston Hall Addition Project Updates Email Folder.

You can see and hear about some of the planned changes in this video.

Project team

  • College of Engineering - Project Sponsor
  • David Vanderpoorten - FCS Project Manager
  • Elisabete Godden - FCS Construction Manager
  • Tom King - CoE Facilities Director
  • David Martin –NBBJ, Project Architect
  • William Voulgaris – NBBJ, Principal
  • Frank Miles - Project Manager, Welliver
  • Cody Fisk - Site Superintendent, Welliver

Project schedule

  • Excavation Begins: Winter 2023
  • Structure Begins: Spring 2023
  • Building Enclosure Begins: Fall 2023
  • Interior Begins: Winter 2023-2024
  • Final Completion: Summer 2024

Project statistics

  • 4 stories, plus basement
  • 50,550 GSF
  • LEED Gold