Couch Academic Center

The Couch Academic Center is now complete!


The Couch Academic Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed around teaching, learning, and collaboration. The new building with its brick façade and green roof fits in seamlessly with Stevenson Taylor Hall and other structures on campus. Overlooking Long Island Sound, the academic center features collaborative student project and innovation spaces, student work studios and lecture halls, computer and makers labs, faculty offices, and a student lounge.

Construction began on July 23rd, 2018. The project took approximately 14 months to complete with classes transitioning to the new academic center during the 2020 spring semester.

The Architects and Builders

The Couch Academic Center was designed by Dr. Carol and Paul Bentel of Bentel & Bentel Architects.

Designing a building for Webb Institute’s next chapter is not a job we take lightly. It is a great honor and the weight of designing a proper building (aesthetically and functionally) to live with Webb’s past building legacy is no small task.

Webb has engaged a Long Island-based construction firm, DHI Construction Services Inc., to construct the Couch Academic Center. DHI has extensive experience in the construction of facilities for academic institutions.

Kick Off Meeting for the Construction of the Couch Family Academic Building

Members from Webb Institute, Bentel & Bentel Architects, and DHI Construction Services Inc. at the construction site.

Construction Camera

Watch the entire construction process of the Couch Academic Center.

Construction camera

How You Can Help

The construction of the academic center has been made possible by Webb’s alumni, industry partners and friends through their contributions to the Campaign for WebbContributing to the Campaign for Webb is a unique opportunity to make an impact on the future of engineering education. Your transformational and lifetime gifts will help us modernize Webb’s instructional facilities which will be instrumental in educating the future leaders of the maritime industry.

To learn more, contact:

Anthony Zic
Director of Development
Phone: 516-759-2040 or