Stokes Hall Update
Q&A with Executive Vice President Patrick J. Keating
Q. With Trustee approval now complete, when will construction of Stokes Hall begin?
A. The construction project will begin on October 4. It is a two-year project that we anticipate will be completed in the fall of 2012.
Q. What is Stokes Hall and how will it be used?
A. Stokes Hall is a 183,000-square foot academic building that will be the first major project of the University’s Institutional Master Plan. It will be built on the Middle Campus between Lyons Hall and McElroy Commons, and will include faculty offices for Classical Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Theology, the Arts & Sciences Honors Program, Arts & Sciences Service Center, Academic Advising Center and First Year Experience offices, as well as 36 new classrooms, a commons area, coffee shop, conference rooms and an outdoor gardens and plaza.
Q. What should the University community expect regarding construction?
A. The project will begin with the installation of a fence along the perimeter of the construction site to provide an enclosed working area that will ensure the safety of all members of the University community. Once installed, construction will involve three phases:
Phase 1: Utility relocation, excavation and foundation work. The noisiest of the three phases, this two to three month phase will include excavation and ledge removal through minor blasting and hole ramming.
Phase 2: Erection of structural steel and masonry walls around the building. This phase, which will be much less intrusive, will take approximately six to nine months to complete.
Phase 3: Exterior stone façade and interior work. This final phase will take approximately 12 months.
Construction hours for all three phases will be Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Efforts will be made to schedule the most disruptive work during non-peak classroom hours.
Q. How will the Campus Green/Dust Bowl be affected?
A. Unfortunately, the fence along the perimeter of the construction site will encompass most of the Campus Green area for the duration of the construction project. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is developing alternatives for student activities that have traditionally occurred along the Campus Green area. Once the project is completed, a beautifully landscaped grass quadrangle, approximately the size of O’Neill Plaza, will be located on the present site of the Campus Green.
Q. How will pedestrian traffic be affected?
A. The construction of Stokes Hall will cause a major re-alignment of traditional pedestrian walkways. Pedestrians will no longer be able to enter the Campus Green from the stairways on College Road adjacent to McElroy Hall. Instead, they will enter through McElroy or through the McElroy Gate entrance off Beacon Street. Police officers and flagmen will assist in managing traffic along Beacon Street near the entrance of McElroy and Carney.
Q. How will Middle Campus parking be affected?
A. Beginning on October 4, parking spaces on Middle Campus between Lyons and McElroy will be eliminated. The “A” permit spaces will be relocated to the roof of the Commonwealth Avenue Garage, closest to O’Neill Library. In addition, Linden Lane will no longer be available for daily permit parking. Once construction begins, the Linden Lane roadway will end at Gasson Hall. It will no longer be possible to drive across the Middle Campus from the Main Gate to the McElroy Gate.
Q. Is there a website where members of the BC community can go for more information?
Q. What advice do you offer to members of the BC community regarding this construction effort?
A. We ask for your patience and understanding. Despite our best efforts, this construction project will be an inconvenience at times, but it is a necessary step in our effort to improve Boston College and to provide the best possible facilities for our students, faculty and staff in the years to come.