Week of Nov. 16, 2014
Environmental Center Complex
Construction of the new farm house is still underway. The building exterior work is complete. The framing of the interior walls is underway, along with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing work. As a reminder, the contractors working on the new farmhouse will need to use the road leading up to the Administration building as their main entrance to the site. The building is expected to be complete by years end.
The foundation work for the East Wing of the building will continue through the next few weeks. The steel work in the North Wing has begun and will continue for the next few weeks. Production on the modular units is progressing. You can expect to see the modular boxes on campus in early December. There will be about 6 modular units delivered a day on campus throughout a 14 week period. Approximately 4‐6 units will be assembled a day. The units will all be stored behind the construction fence to minimize the impact to the campus. A large crane that will be approximately 120 feet tall is expected to arrive on campus around December 1 and will be on campus through the middle of February. The crane will be used to erect the modular units.
Kessel Student Center
The expansion of the Kessel Student Center is underway and is on schedule to be completed in January. The building is really starting to take shape. The roof work for the expansion of the building has begun and will be followed by the work on the existing roof. Asbestos abatement will need to occur prior to the work on the existing roof. The abatement notification that is required by law will be posted in the building 10 days before the works occurs. Please note that the building will be safe to occupy as the asbestos removal work will be contained outside of the building. . The framing of the exterior walls has begun and will continue for the next few weeks. The framing of the interior walls on the first level and second level is complete. The rough mechanical, electric and plumbing (MEP) work on the first level is complete. The rough MEP work on the second level will continue through the next week. The frame for the large glass wall that will overlook and face the pond will be installed this week.
Due to the unexpected utilities, additional work in the Choate parking lot was needed and the contractors have been working aggressively to complete this work. The new parking lot is now expected to be completed and open in early December.
There will be a partial road closure at Miller circle starting November 21 through November 23. This is needed to complete the installation of the new sidewalk with curbs and temporarily repave the circle. The contractors will maintain one active lane of traffic in this area at all times and flag persons will be positioned to ensure safe passage. There will be a temporary shift in the pedestrian pathway in this area while this work is being completed. Security guards will also be posted at the site for the duration of this work.
The installation of the new culvert structure on the northern end of the pond will be begin Saturday 11/15 and will continue through the Thanksgiving break. Over the weekend, the temporary slight shift in the pedestrian pathway between the Mortola Library and the Kessel Student Center will be created. The culvert installation is the first step in creating the walking bridge over the pond.
Erosion control at the baseball field is complete and underway at the multi‐purpose field. The baseball field work is expected to have around 50 truck trips a day of fill between the new location of the softball field and the baseball field through December 31, 2014. In order to prevent student, faculty, and staff traffic to interact with the truck traffic, a dedicated route on campus will be established for the trucks. This will require for a section of Parking Lot F (the lot behind Miller and Lienhard Halls) to be taken offline, along with the roadway on the west side of campus which is used to exit the campus. This is the roadway that circulates through parking lots D and C and follows behind Costello and Dyson Hall to entrance 1. This will require changes to entrance 1 and 2. The road leading to entrance 2 from entrance 1 will become a two way street, so vehicles leaving the west side of campus from Miller and Lienhard can make a left hand turn onto Route 117. These changes will be effective starting Tuesday November 18th. Please see the logistics plan on page 3 that highlights the upcoming changes.
The foundation for the Field House will begin once the permit is received. All of the new athletic facilities are on schedule for completion for the fall 2015 semester with the baseball and multi‐purpose field coming online in February.
All work is weather dependent, we will promptly notify the community of any changes.
Construction Logistics Plan (pdf - updated Nov. 2014)
Hauling Plan (pdf - updated 11/16/14)