Campus Additions and Enhancements

Merrimack Campus Additions & Enhancements

As part of our Agenda for the Future and as Merrimack’s exciting momentum continues, the College is investing in several major campus renovations and building projects to enhance our student experience, provide innovative academic spaces and experiences and to support campus culture as we grow.

Completed Projects

Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher

An important landmark and one of the most recognized buildings on campus, the Church underwent extensive renovations and upgrades, officially reopening in fall 2022. The renovated church and new student union serve as the College’s proper gateway and community center. Reflecting the Augustinian ideals of faith, scholarship and community, it is a place where the Merrimack community gathers to nourish its soul — spiritually, intellectually, culturally, artistically and socially.

Christ the Teacher rendering

New home for the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences

Situated on Merrimack College’s East Campus, the state-of-the-art facilities that now house the School of Science and Engineering opened in fall 2022. Two buildings feature labs, collaborative workspaces and classrooms for students and faculty to analyze, build, and problem-solve, both creatively and critically, to provide tangible solutions to real-world challenges.

Two engineering students wearing eye shields conducting an experiment.

Enhancements to McQuade Library

Several areas within the library have been renovated to modernize the spaces. In addition to a more collaborative footprint, modern study areas and new furniture, McQuade Library is now also home to the O’Brien Center for Career Development and the Mack Mart, the campus’ newest grab-and-go food venue. 

McQuade Library exterior

Ongoing Projects

Renovating the Palmisano Hall Science Lab

Located on the first floor of Palmisano Hall, a 7,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art shared instrumentation facility will serve as an incubator for research and collaboration in the life and health sciences. It will give faculty and student research assistants a designated area and instruments to conduct experiments and projects to help answer critical research questions.

Students in a laboratory conducting experiments.

Improving Lawler Rink

Thanks to a transformative gift from Richard H’15 and Susanna Gallant, renovations are underway at Lawler Rink including a new luxury pavilion with premium seating at the north end of the rink, enhanced luxury suites, modernized game day club experiences, and new designated areas for media, broadcasts and the Merrimack Marching Band. In addition to athletic games, the project will also include enhancing building infrastructure to host events and gatherings throughout the year.

Two Merrimack Hockey players embracing.

Future Projects

Adding an Athletic Seasonal Dome

Investing in a seasonal dome will extend both the practice seasons for varsity athletes as well as provide intramural and club sports with additional spaces for winter training and competition.

Football players running across the field.

Expanding the Rogers Center for the Arts

The Rogers Center for the Arts will be expanded to support our Visual and Performing Arts program. The renovation work will also strengthen the connection between the Arts, Science Technology, Mathematics and Engineering.

Flags outside Rogers Center for the Arts

Beginning a Parking Improvement Project

This project includes a new 200-space campus parking lot proposed to be situated along Route 114 adjacent to Austin Hall. The project will include minor reconfiguration of existing Campus roadways, new pedestrian walkways and enhanced site landscaping.

Aerial image of the Merrimack College campus.

Improving the Merrimack College Boat House

Located in Methuen, the Merrimack College Boat House and its surrounding property has access to the Merrimack River. The property’s shoreline boasts docks and floats that will support the Merrimack Rowing Team, as well as academic opportunities for Biology & Environmental Studies and a site for community engagement. Improvements include an established meeting and event room, improved shop space, boat storage as well as landscaping areas surrounding the site.

Student-athlete rowing in the water.