Law School Tops Construction Projects

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

A major construction project taking place on Newton Campus is not expected to disrupt traffic and parking this semester, administrators said.

Now in its second phase, the project centers on the Law School, where workers recently demolished the east wing of Stuart Hall to make room for new classrooms, faculty offices and a student lounge. The new facilities are expected to be ready by September 1998.

The active summer construction season also included improvements to Upper Campus residence halls, a repaving of the Lower Campus parking lot and installation of cable pipes for telephone and computer service.

Associate Vice President for Planning and Construction Alfred Pennino said the summer was one of the busiest in recent memory, with some 80 projects large and small drawing to a close in the week before Labor Day.

"Everything went really smoothly," Pennino said. "The freshmen in the Upper Campus residence halls will see a lot improvements in their facilities. People driving on campus will see the parking lot is more attractive and less confusing, and faculty will enjoy the benefits of renovated classrooms."

Another project will bring more immediate benefits for undergraduates, Pennino said. Electrical systems were upgraded and new fire alarms systems installed in 500 rooms at Williams, Kostka, Gonzaga, Claver, Loyola and Xavier residence halls. In addition, improvements were made to bathrooms in Williams, Claver, Loyola and Xavier, and Duchesne residence halls.

Also, Pennino said, the Career Center offices in Southwell Hall have been completely renovated, as have several classrooms in Gasson Hall.

Other minor projects included the installation of a new boiler plant at the 66 Commonwealth Ave. residence hall and a new laboratory in Merkert Hall.

Administrators said no significant construction-related changes in Main Campus parking or traffic are anticipated this fall. The temporary concrete barriers now in place on the Lower Campus parking lot will be removed by the first week in October, after trees and shrubs are planted, Pennino said.

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