Construction Update: Benton Center for Creativity & Innovation Takes Shape


Ethan Cherry, Editor-In-Chief

The early shape of the Benton Center for Creativity and Innovation is forming as the first major construction initiative of the Middle Campus project of the larger Third Century Plan materializes.

Concrete foundations are being poured in preparation for steel framework in the coming months. The new academic hub will be home to interdisciplinary academic spaces, labs, exhibition and performance spaces. The facility will also include two ‘Fab Labs’ for digital and computer-based projects that combine advanced equipment and hands-on learning.The 25,700 square-foot building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), occupies the previously vacant site between the Dana Arts Center and James C. Colgate Hall.Infrastructural and site-preparation work began in October 2022 following a groundbreaking ceremony on Sept. 30. The building is expected to open before the end of 2024.

Watch the construction live here.