Residence Hall, Athletics Center Projects On Tap

Residence Hall, Athletics Center Projects On Tap

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

The beginning phases of construction work on the St. Ignatius Gate residence hall and site preparation for the Yawkey Athletics Center highlight campus building projects taking place at Boston College this summer.

Work on the residence hall was scheduled to begin this week.

Administrators from the University's Facilities Management division said they have undertaken extensive preparations to ensure that construction work does not interfere with summer programs on campus.

"Access to some parts of Lower Campus will be restricted, but we've made efforts to accommodate the needs of people on campus," said Vice President for Facilities Management Thomas Devine.

He said Facilities Management staff members are working closely with administrators from other departments, including the Boston College Police Department, to prepare for any temporary disruptions on Lower Campus.

"People understand that in order for BC to meet its goals this department has to work a little harder in the summer when there are relatively fewer people on campus," said Devine.

Last summer, site preparation work and utility relocation were completed for a new residence hall that will be located between the St. Ignatius Gate and Walsh Hall. Construction of the six-story building, which will house approximately 322 students, is expected to be complete in July, 2004.

The new residence hall is the final component in the University's Master Plan, which calls for the addition of 800 beds on campus by the end of 2004.

To accommodate the space needed for construction on the residence hall, the Vanderslice Hall parking lot will close once again for the summer, but will reopen in September. In the fall, additional parking will be available on the east side of the new building.

The section of Campanella Way that stretches from Conte Forum to Edmonds Hall will be closed for the summer to prepare the site for construction of the Yawkey Athletics Center, which will be built on the north side of Alumni Stadium. The new building, made possible by a recent grant from the Yawkey Foundation, will house BC football operations and thereby open up space in Conte Forum for the 17 women's varsity and 13 other men's athletic teams.

Pending final approval from the Board of Trustees construction work on the building will begin following the final home football game on Nov. 8.

"There won't be any disruption to the home football season at all," said Assistant to the Vice President for Facilities Management Joseph Comerford. He said major external work on the building will be completed by the start of the 2004 football season.

The Yawkey Athletics Center, designed by Architectural Resources Cambridge, Inc. will stand four stories tall and encompass approximately 75,000 square feet.

Along with football facilities, the new building will be home to Learning Resources for Student Athletes and general event space.

The final phase of a plan to renovate student living quarters in Cushing and Hardy halls on the Newton Campus began recently. Another round of renovations to the Stuart Dining Hall on Newton Campus also is underway.

The relocation of departments into the 21 Campanella Way administration building continues next week. The Philosophy and Theology departments will share the building's third floor, and during the first part of August, the offices of Student Affairs, Student Development and Residential Life will relocate to the second floor.

For more information on campus construction projects throughout the summer see the BCInfo Web site, www.bc.edu/bcinfo.

 

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