Agenda for the Future

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 will be 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.

Our Plans Over the Next Five Years

The creation of new buildings and the renovation of existing facilities will promote collaboration, innovation and community among faculty, staff and students.

Reimagining the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher

An important landmark and one of the most recognized buildings on campus, the Church will undergo extensive renovations and upgrades. The renovated church and student union will serve as the College’s proper gateway and community center. Reflecting the Augustinian ideals of faith, scholarship and community, it will be a place where the Merrimack community can gather to nourish its soul — spiritually, intellectually, culturally, artistically and socially.

Christ the Teacher rendering

Constructing a New Engineering Building

A new engineering building will establish a purpose-built space to support the growing areas of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. This new building offers the opportunity to repurpose the current science and engineering space in Palmisano Hall to create new facilities to support computer science, math and life sciences’ teaching and research needs. The new building and Palmisano Hall will create a STEAM quad on campus.

Two engineering students wearing eye shields conducting an experiment.

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

Enhancing the McQuade Library

Recent upgrades include a new cafe and expanded seating, which has become popular among our students and staff. Our continued plans include exploring opportunities to expand the first-floor footprint and to reinvest in the second floor to create greater collaboration spaces, modern study spaces and updated building infrastructure systems.

McQuade Library exterior

Renovating the Palmisano Hall Science Lab

This project includes upgrades that aim to expand biology and chemistry academic laboratories, research spaces as well as updates to building infrastructure systems.

Students in a laboratory conducting experiments.

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.

Improving Lawler Rink

In addition to the Athletic Seasonal Dome, Lawler Rink improvements will focus on multi-use enhancements that will increase year-round usage of the facility by students, faculty, staff and visitors. 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.

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.