School of Education Projects to Highlight Summer Construction
Summer construction will feature the kickoff of a $17.2 million project to connect and put a welcoming face on the School of Education's two buildings and to renovate Park Hall, the second-oldest structure on campus.
PAC & Associates, already general contractor on the Sheldon Hall exterior historic preservation and an addition to Wilber Hall, won the bid last month. Work will start in about two weeks, employing 40 to 50 workers overall, said Tom LaMere, director of facilities design and construction for the college.
"We'll be occupying it in fall 2013," LaMere said. "It's an incredibly accelerated project, but all the team is convinced it can be done."
New construction linking Park and Wilber halls will provide a new main entrance for the School of Education, facing Takamine Street, including a three-story atrium, common-area seating and a lounge, he said. The structure will improve the flow between the buildings, previously connected by a skyway bridge over the intervening road.
Park Hall, opened in 1932 or just 19 years after the flagship Sheldon Hall, will undergo top-to-bottom renovation, including a new roof, mechanical systems, sprinkler system and windows, along with technological features such as a webinar room and a computer lab, plus new offices and classrooms, LaMere said. The assembly room on the north end of the building will remain, though the road between and parking lot behind the two buildings will close to all but construction vehicles.
Contractors will refinish hardwood floors, and install carpeting in some common areas and terrazzo in others.
That work, known as Phase 2 of the School of Education's renewal, overlaps for the summer with completion of Phase 1, a 13,700-square-foot, $5.8 million addition to the west and north sides of Wilber Hall to house two new laboratories for technology education and the school's field placement office.
Bob Lloyd '81, project coordinator for the addition, said the one-and-a-half story structure is due to be substantially complete in June and open for students, faculty and staff in August.
The addition's entrance hallway ultimately will help connect the School of Education with the rising Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor to the west, providing glass-walled viewing of work in the new, state-of-the-art manufacturing lab and in field placement.
The largest project on south campus promises to be a $2 million renovation of Romney Field House with a four-lane track, a multipurpose infield, and new heating and lighting. Work on the Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor and renovation of Sheldon Hall continues this summer.
— Jeff Rea '71
The view from the second floor of the rising Science and Engineering Innovation Corridor shows work progressing on the soon-to-be-adjoining Wilber Hall addition for the School of Education.
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