Summer brings construction flurry
The campus has quieted down somewhat since the end of the spring semester, however, construction activity continues to be as busy as ever.
Lenape Hall, a new 238-bed residence hall, is scheduled to be open for the fall 2004 semester. Arnold Bernardini, (Planning and Construction) said that just this past weekend Central Hudson had completed the gas service hook-up to the building. This will now allow for the connection of the hot water and heating and cooling systems in the building -- which he said has been lagging a little behind schedule.
"At Lenape we have been taking a proactive role," said Bernardini. "This is a significant time. The mechanical is the next in line and everything else is falling into place."
In addition to the building itself, exterior finish-grading and asphalt preparation is under way, and a 56-space parking lot immediately south of Lenape has been completed. This new lot, available to all students, faculty and staff, will help to alleviate the parking situation at the newly developed southern end of campus.
Phase I of the van den Berg Learning Center rehabilitation, which includes gutting and rewiring, is well on its way. All demolition is complete, and Phase II, which includes design and completion of the building, is awaiting capital funding. In addition, the reconstruction of the clock tower atop the building that was destroyed by fire in May 1990 is expected to begin in October.
Just down the road at the Athletic and Wellness Center, steel beam construction is continuing. Bernardini said that once the framing is approved, the transparent panels that make up the curve of the building will be measured and ordered. He added that if this goes well, then it might be possible to close in the building before winter. Visit www.newpaltz.edu/construction for more information.
JUNE 7, 2004
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