Construction Update

Week of July 21, 2014

Environmental Center Complex
The interior mechanical and electrical work in the Classroom Building continues. Construction of the Barn buildings in the Pasture Area is ongoing and will continue through the week. The hawk display cages are underway and are scheduled to be completed by mid-August. The classroom building is scheduled to be complete for the start of the Fall 2014 semester.

Alumni Hall
Construction for the roadway in front of Paton House is ongoing. The underground utility work is almost complete. The pedestrian circulation from the upper campus will be re-directed to the adjacent sidewalk along the Upper Roadway from the Townhouses to Martin Hall. Pedestrian signs will be posted. A new arrangement of crosswalks and signage has been installed at the Martin Hall intersection. Excavation for Alumni Hall has begun and will continue for the next few weeks.

Kessel Student Center
The necessary summer work in order to open the building in September is progressing on schedule. Fire protection for the building is complete on the lower level. Fire protection on the second level will begin this week. The work on the first and second floor bathrooms continues. The kitchen and servery work continues as well as the foundation for the expansion. Concrete truck deliveries will continue this week.

Site Work
The site work improvements scheduled for this summer include the parking expansion next to Choate House and the improvement to Choate circle, the new roadway in front of Paton House and Alumni Hall, the new parking area behind North Hall, and the enhancements to the road in front of Martin Hall. Upon the completion of this work, the circulation on campus will shift from the center of campus. There is underground utility work that is underway on the roadway in front of Paton House. Once the utility work is complete, the work on building the road can begin. There were unexpected utility services in the area of the new parking area next to Choate House that is being investigated. A decision will be made this week on how best to proceed in this area. This could mean changing the grade at the site so the utilities remain as is or relocating the necessary utilities to build the parking area. An update on the status of this work will be forthcoming. The new parking area behind North Hall is scheduled to begin next week. A schedule review for the work in front of Martin Hall is underway. Unexpected utilities were found in this area as well. The schedule and possible alternatives for this area is currently under review. Further information on this area will be forthcoming.

Choate Pond
The work at Choate Pond in underway. Excavation draining is underway and will continue thru the week. Excavation has begun on the north side near Kessel and will continue along the east side by Mortola Library followed by west side next to Shirley Beth’s Way. As a reminder, Shirley Beth’s Way will continue to have a partial roadway closure for the Choate Pond work zone. It has been isolated from the roadway utilizing traffic barrels and construction fencing. No major traffic interruption in the current usage is expected. Flag persons will be positioned as needed to ensure safe passage at all times. The pedestrian traffic from Mortola Library to Miller Hall has been rerouted and construction fencing and signage has been installed to guide all pedestrian traffic.

The demolition of the mansion building is complete. Tree removal at the site will begin in the next few weeks. The site plan amendment to reflect recent changes to the design of the Athletics Fields and Fields has been submitted. A planning board meeting to review these changes is scheduled for July 21, 2014.

All work is weather dependent, we will promptly notify the community of any changes.

Construction Logistics Plan (pdf)