Site Prep Work for New Science Center Begins at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Aug. 3, 2015—Site work begins today to prepare for the start of construction of a new science center in 2016 at Williams College.

Tree removal begins today in the area behind Carleton House and Leigh House on Stetson Court in order to facilitate moving a historic house to that site. Miller House, which is located behind Morley Science Lab, will be moved later this fall to a site south of Bascom. Siskind House, which currently is located next to Miller House, will be demolished starting today and ending on Sept. 1.

Large pine trees near Thompson Health Center will be removed the week of Aug. 10 to also help accommodate the move of Miller House. Some trees will be relocated later in the fall, when they are in their dormant state, to the area around the health center.

Once Miller House is relocated, new trees will be planted in and around its new site to provide shade and a buffer zone for residential neighbors. The trees being removed from the site this week are in poor to fair health.

Dust control measures, along with erosion and sediment measures, will be implemented during these activities.

Construction of the new science center is expected to start 2016. It is anticipated the project will be complete by late 2020. Preliminary plans call for the Bronfman Science Center to be demolished and replaced with a similarly sized building housing the departments of geoscience, mathematics and statistics, and psychology. New research labs for biology, chemistry and physics would be built in a 65,000 square-foot addition south of Morley and connect directly to teaching labs.

Shared space in the science center would expand and include four new flexible, interdisciplinary labs. Clark Hall will remain available for another use in the future.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.