Construction Projects On Schedule

Despite instances of severe weather conditions over the past several weeks, major construction projects on the Chestnut Hill and Newton campuses remain largely on schedule, according to Planning and Construction Department administrators.

Repairs to the Middle Campus drainage system, which began on a section of the Campus Green in late May, have taken slightly longer than expected, said Clerk of the Works David Ickes. But most of the work has been completed, he said, and the affected areas of the green will be restored before the fall semester begins.

The project involves the installation of five 50,000-gallon storm water detention tanks to correct a long-standing drainage problem on Middle Campus, and should prevent flooding due to excessive rainfall in certain areas of the campus.

Work continues on the first phase of a three-year project to renovate and expand Higgins Hall. The two first-floor auditoriums have been demolished in preparation for the excavation for a new approximately 100,000 gross-square-foot wing, which Ickes said should start later this month.

The Higgins site has already been fenced off, and Ickes said signs will be erected shortly to help direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Alumni Stadium also has undergone renovations this summer to accommodate the installation later this year of a "bubble" that will allow the stadium to be used during winter. Ickes said the foundation work has been completed, and the bubble - which will enclose the playing surface - will be put up after the football season is over. Replacement of the stadium's artificial turf, meanwhile, should be finished in the next few weeks, he said.

On Newton Campus, the new wing of Stuart Hall - which will contain classrooms, faculty offices and a student lounge for the Law School - is nearing completion and should be ready in October or November, said Clerk of the Works Thomas Runyon. Classes are expected to begin in the new wing in January.

The exterior brick-work on the structure is "mostly done," he said, and the roofing will begin shortly. Runyon added that restoration of the sidewalks and roadway, and other site work associated with the project, should be finished by mid-August.

-Sean Smith

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