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Hollister Hall, Carpenter Hall and the Future of the Engineering Quad

Goals for the Engineering Quad

(This project is now on hold – 2021)

The College of Engineering completed a Master Plan in 2017, which included a goal of the renovation of Hollister Hall. Studies of specific plans for Hollister have continued through 2019.

Hollister Hall and the DeFrees Hydraulics Lab in 2019

  • Hollister Hall is a 115,288 square foot building, built in 1957
  • The DeFrees Hydraulics Laboratory added in 1982
  • Currently houses Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
  • Also College of Engineering offices, includes 13 classrooms

Hollister Hall in the future

  • New plan: Addition to the north wing
  • An estimated 81,000 square feet of new space to be added overall
  • Schedule of design and construction is pending funding

Goals for the Hollister Hall addition

  • Create a core of spaces for Civil and Environmental Engineering for curriculum, research and innovation across all degree programs.
  • Flexible space for students as well as various types of classrooms including large seminar rooms, break-out rooms, and common work space.
  • Centralize the College of Engineering administration.
  • Relocate and integrate library services from Carpenter with other spaces.
  • Optimized and expanded research labs.
  • Minimize impact of these renovations on teaching, research, and to Carpenter.
Questions? Email Thomas King (
Aerial view of planned Engineering Quad Library with Carpenter Hall
South Entrance for planned Engineering Quad Library
Library Pavilion of planned Engineering Quad Library
The Link, lobby of planned Engineering Quad Library
View from Duffield of planned Engineering Quad Library
View from the corner of College and Campus roads of planned Engineering Quad Library