Classic Signals: College continues campus renovations

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This past summer, major construction projects took place around campus. Buildings such as the Brower Student Center and Science Complex have undergone several renovations, and the STEM Building will soon open its doors for students and faculty. With updated features almost complete, the College community can expect the buildings to be ready for use sometime this fall semester. In 1999, the College underwent substantial renovations to several buildings around campus including the Biology Building and Bliss Hall.

Academic buildings are updated with new features. (Ashton Leber / Features Editor)

Students returning to the college should expect to see some new faces — on the academic buildings.

According to Greg Bressler, associate vice president of Facilities Management and Planning, every academic building will be newly built or newly renovated by the 2004-2005 academic year, in time for the college’s 150th anniversary.

Construction projects in the works this fall include the new School of Business Building, the new Biology Building, the demolition of Bray Hall and renovations to Bliss Hall

The School of Business Building, scheduled for completion two weeks ago, should be finished within the month, according to Bressler. Construction projects on the building’s exterior include brickwork, the installation of windows and the completion of sidewalk extensions surrounding the building.

Inside, workers are still installing sheet rock, ceiling tiles and carpeting before the building is ready for academic use, Bressler said. By October, he anticipates that students and faculty will be able to move into the new offices and classrooms.

Bliss Hall has undergone renovations over the summer in order to house the humanities departments: philosophy and religion, English, modern languages and women’s and gender studies. According to Bressler, only “punch list,” or small construction projects, remain.

Within a few days, more fences should begin to go up around Bray Hall, Bressler said. The demolition is expected to take approximately a month and a half.

The demolition will be primarily contained in an “island construction site,” to leave the surrounding area as unobstructed as possible.

The area immediately surrounding bray Hall will be fenced off, as well as triangular area between the main sidewalk leading to Loser Hall.

According to Bressler, construction on the new Biology Building is running on schedule.