Work continued last week on the steel structure for the new residence hall to be located near St. Ignatius Gate on Lower Campus. The building is on track for its fall 2004 completion, according to University Facilities Management administrators. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
"It was a very productive summer and we got a lot of work accomplished in a short amount of time," said Director of Capital Construction John Romeo. "We have a great group of project managers here who deserve a lot of credit. They put in a lot of hours to make sure projects are completed on time while achieving a high level of quality in the final product."
Interviewed earlier this month, Romeo discussed some ongoing and upcoming campus construction projects, including the new residence hall to be located between St. Ignatius Gate and Walsh Hall. The steel frame structure of the new building should be finished in early October, he said, and crews will start construction of the structure's 14-foot high stone base and begin laying bricks.
"We've made excellent progress on this project and, as everyone can see, the building is starting to take shape," said Romeo.
Construction of the six-story building, which will house approximately 322 students, is expected to be complete in the summer of 2004.
Site preparation work for The Yawkey Athletics Center as well as Lower Campus utility infrastructure improvements were also completed this summer.
Electrical and telephone/data duct banks, water and fire protection lines and a new drainage system were installed from one side of Lower Campus to the other in preparation for the construction of the new athletics center.
Work on the building will begin following the final home football game on Nov. 8 and run through early 2005. The Yawkey building will stand four stories tall and encompass approximately 75,000 square feet. This new building will not affect the seating capacity of Alumni Stadium, Romeo said.
The building will house BC football operations, Learning Resources for Student Athletes and general event space.
A plan to reconfigure the section of Lower Campus from 21 Campanella Way to the Edmonds Hall Gate began this summer. The road was graded to its new configuration, but the project is not yet complete, said Construction Project Manager Edward Stokes. Permanent granite curbing, concrete walks, outdoor plazas and attractive landscape elements will be put in place after the Yawkey Center is completed.
The final phase of a multi-year project to renovate student living quarters in Cushing and Hardey halls on the Newton Campus was also completed this summer.
The relocation of departments into the 21 Campanella Way administration building was completed in August. The Philosophy and Theology departments share the building's third floor, and the offices of Student Affairs, Student Development and Residential Life are now on the second floor. The Economics and History departments moved in to the fourth floor and the Communications Department occupies offices on the fifth floor.
Romeo said a walkway is being constructed behind the building that will run from the Commonwealth Avenue Garage, between 21 Campanella Way and O'Neill Library, across the Higgins Stairs to the existing walkway behind Higgins Hall that leads to the service building parking lot. The entire walkway will be wheelchair accessible. The path will feature a wrought iron rail, granite pavers and a low stone wall. The project should be complete in December, he said.
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