Norwich University to Celebrate Completed Renovation of Historic Weather Bureau Building, Ainsworth Hall


Jan. 31, 2018

Norwich University officials will celebrate on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at 12:45 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, a complete renovation to one of the oldest buildings on campus, the College of Liberal Arts’ academic building, Ainsworth Hall.

The public is invited to join President Richard W. Schneider, along with Provost Dr. Sandra Affenito and College Dean Ted Kohn, Ph.D., who will give remarks and invite faculty back into the building after seven-and-a-half months of construction costing $4.8 million. Please RSVP here:

Ainsworth Hall houses faculty offices and classrooms for Norwich’s Peace and War Center as well as the departments of History and Political Science and Justice Studies and Sociology.

When the building was originally built in 1910, it was designated the U.S. Weather Bureau, Northfield Station, from which official weather data was reported to the federal government to be used in weather forecasting.

Norwich University recently installed a new weather station on the roof of Tompkins Hall to provide weather data to support research in high-performance weather forecasting and green stormwater infrastructure. Check local Northfield weather here:

This project is the second completed construction project undertaken as part of the $100 million Forging the Future campaign. The five-year campaign is timed to culminate during the university’s bicentennial in 2019 and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

Ainsworth Building Facts:

  • Complete Weatherization of the building, (energy cost savings and rebates from VEIC).
  • Additional 1810 gross square feet, creating a Mechanical room on the 3rd
  • Added a two-stop elevator.
  • A complete ADA and Life Safety upgrade, (lactation room).
  • New bathroom suites on every floor.
  • All new office furniture.
  • The new technology has been installed for presentation and multi-location teaching and conferencing.
  • Two rooms added to the campus scheduling system for multi-purpose.
  • The old south wing of Ainsworth was removed and replaced with new construction, employing the most modern building methods.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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