Lower Campus Projects in Works for Summer
By Stephen Gawlik
Renovation projects for Conte Forum and the 66 Commonwealth Avenue residence hall and the completion of Campanella Way highlight construction projects on tap for this summer at Boston College.
Summer plans also include the renovation of the Newton Campus practice field and upgrades to campus parking facilities, among other projects.
"We're in position to have a very productive summer which will result in improvements to many facilities across campus," said Capital Construction Director John Romeo.
"As in past years, our team of project managers has taken every precaution to ensure that these projects produce minimal disruption to campus life while maximizing our ability to get the jobs done before the end of the summer," said Romeo.
"We really appreciate that people bear with us during these periods of intense work as this is the only window of opportunity we have all year to get these projects done," he said.
Already underway is the first phase of a renovation project in Conte Forum, made possible by the completion of the Yawkey Athletic Center this spring. Plans call for the complete reconstruction of the old football locker room to accommodate five women's athletic teams.
In addition, the project includes construction of new offices for the women's basketball team and six Olympic sports and the renovation of administrative areas. The first phase of this project is expected to be complete by the end of the summer, with the second phase to begin next spring following the conclusion of the basketball season.
A plan to finalize the one-way traffic loop pattern through Lower Campus began May 24. Romeo said the project will extend the roadway, islands, sidewalks, landscaping and lighting from the 21 Campanella Way administration building to the Edmonds Hall intersection.
The project will provide a continuous walkway from 21 Campanella Way to Gate E of Alumni Stadium, connecting two new plazas being built near the Yawkey Athletic Center and the base of the Higgins Stairway. Granite planters, ashlar stone walls with granite tops, attractive landscape features, lighting and outdoor tables and chairs also will be included, and a campus shuttle bus stop will be located adjacent to Conte Forum.
Romeo said the bottom half of Higgins Stairway will not be accessible during the summer for safety reasons.
For the summer months, a section of the roadway from 21 Campanella Way to Gate E will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians. The portion of the roadway from St. Ignatius Gate to the administration building will permit a two-way traffic flow, allowing drivers to exit Lower Campus at St. Ignatius. Commuters exiting the Beacon Street Garage will have to bear right toward the Edmonds Gate.
Routine maintenance and improvement work begins next month on the two Lower Campus parking garages, parts of which will be closed throughout the summer.
The 66 Commonwealth Avenue renovation, which will begin in the next few days, entails the reconfiguration and renovation of the entire building. The new design will make space for an additional 96 beds.
Other current or upcoming projects include development of a more user-friendly space in the serving area of Corcoran Commons and upgrades to technology and amenities in 11 different academic buildings encompassing some 30 different classrooms.
Construction-related updates, plus traffic, parking and campus advisories, can be found throughout the summer on www.bc.edu/bcinfo.