(7-11-97) --Construction projects now underway or expected to begin shortly should not pose major inconveniences for University employees this summer, Vice President for Administration John Driscoll said.
The most recent and conspicuous work in progress involves the relocation of underground utilities on Middle Campus, around the access road to Higgins, Devlin and Fulton halls. This is being done in anticipation of a planned renovation for Higgins, Driscoll said.
At the same time, work crews are installing new infrastructure for Network Services in the vicinity of the Hillsides residence halls, Bapst Library, College Road and Lyons Hall.
"The work should be relatively brief," he said. "While there may be temporary shortages of parking in that area of Middle Campus, there will be no overall shortage."
The second phase of the Law School construction project is slated to begin in July, Driscoll said, once several planning details are cleared up. In this phase, the east wing of Stuart Hall, including Barry Pavilion, will be razed to make room for new classrooms, faculty offices and a student lounge. The work is expected to be completed in approximately 18 months.
While some aspects of the project are still being worked out, Planning Department Clerk of the Works David Ickes said there should be little effect on traffic or parking on Newton Campus.
The Higgins Hall project was approved in concept by the Board of Trustees in May and is now in the design and development stage, Driscoll said, with a start date targeted for next spring.
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