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The Gasson Hall renovation project is on target for completion next August, administrators say. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Campus Construction Update: Stokes, Brighton Campus Projects Begin

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By Reid Oslin | Chronicle Staff
Published: Sept. 9, 2010
Three new major building and renovation projects that will kick off the University's Master Plan efforts and provide expanded office and classroom space on the Boston College campus are scheduled to get underway in coming months.

Pending approval from the University's Board of Trustees in late September, work will begin this fall on the renovation of the administration building at 129 Lake Street -- formerly Bishop Peterson Hall -- on the Brighton Campus, which will be the new home of Boston College's finance and human resources divisions. This project is expected to be completed in late 2011.

Trustees will be asked to approve the start of a 12-month renovation project at 2121 Commonwealth Avenue, the former site of the Archdiocese of Boston's Chancery office. When finished in early 2012, this building will be the new home of the University Advancement division.

Work on the new Stokes Hall academic and classroom building on the Middle Campus is set to begin this fall, also subject to trustee approval, with completion projected in the fall of 2012.

The major renovation of Gasson Hall, the University's signature building, is progressing on schedule with a target completion date of August 2011.

"The project is doing very well and it is presently on schedule,Ó said Director of Capital Construction John Romeo. ÒAnd we think the construction team, is doing a great job."

The year-long Gasson project involves a major renovation of the famed building's exterior faade, as well as some interior accessibility and life safety upgrades. Masons are currently chipping and removing nearly 6,000 pieces of pre-cast concrete and mortar stonework from the 97-year-old building and replacing the worn pieces with newly-cast matching stone elements. 

The construction team reports that very little of the Roxbury puddingstone, the predominate wall stone in the structure, needs to be replaced. 

Among the dozens of construction and renovation projects completed by the University's Capital Projects Management team during the summer months are:

  · New operable windows in the luxury suites in Alumni Stadium and various improvements to the Flynn Recreation Complex. 

  · Carpeting, new furniture, lounge renovations and security and fire protection systems in selected residence halls.

  · Creation of new classrooms and administrative offices on campus for offload of spaces closed by the Gasson renovation project.

  · Renovation of office spaces in the Stuart Smith wing of the Law School.

  · Upgrades and renovations in the Connell School of Nursing, including a new simulation laboratory.

  · Physical improvements and space reorganization in McGuinn Hall's academic areas.

  · Installation of utility meters across campus.

  · August completion and occupation of the Weston Jesuit Community Housing on Foster Street in Brighton.

  · Renovation of 10 Stone Avenue (between Beacon and Hammond streets) to serve as home for the Institute for Liberal Arts.

  · Roof repairs throughout campus and improvements to the University's two major parking garages.
"We had a busy, busy summer," Romeo said, "but the projects went very well. It was very helpful that we had favorable weather this summer."