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Friday

August 31, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update, week of Aug. 27: Alumni Walk opens

On Friday, Aug. 31, construction crews rushed to get much of Alumni Walk ready for traffic as students returned in force. The short-term objective is to open the walk from College Street as far east as Pettengill Hall. The entire walk won’t be finished for weeks, and even in the section soon to open, landscaping chores, the placement of benches and lights, and similar work will continue.

Friday

August 3, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of July 30

Mid- to late August will be a watershed time for Bates campus improvements. The headline news will be the opening of the new student housing, next to Mount David and Rand Hall. While most Bates students won’t return to campus until the end of the month, a handful will move into the new housing sooner.

Tuesday

July 3, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of July 2

The new student housing should be ready for occupancy in August, right on schedule, said Suzanne Grant, clerk of the works for the project. But there’s still a ways to go before students can start hanging their whiteboards and Gene Pitney posters.

Thursday

June 7, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of June 4

After nearly two months looking like a battlefield with its mud, dust, broken roots and debris, the 2.5 acre Alumni Walk site will soon sprout a bit of soothing green. According to project manager Paul Farnsworth, a handful of paper birch trees will be planted along the south edge of the site next week. These are a sort of advance guard for the 178 birches that will ultimately grace the Walk.

Thursday

May 10, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of May 21

Inside the new student housing, engineers last week began the process of testing electrical, mechanical and other systems. The tests, which will continue until the College takes over the building sometime in July, are part of the building’s commissioning — a process of ensuring that everything works and looks as it should.

Thursday

May 10, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of May 7

Like tea leaves, some parts of the built environment can offer clues about the future, if you know how to read them.

Thursday

April 19, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of April 16

The latest assaults from the Winter That Wouldn’t Go Home were two northeasters: one that dropped 10 inches of sloppy snow on April 12, followed three days later by its big brother, a bully that brought more than six inches of rain and tree-cracking winds. Lewiston was spared the worst of that storm, but it nevertheless slowed the pace of campus construction projects.

Thursday

April 19, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of April 23

The new residence adjacent to Mount David began to look more distinctly like Bates on April 19, as workers began laying the building’s brick veneer. With two crews on the job, the bricklaying is moving fast, said project manager Pam Wichroski.

Friday

April 6, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of April 2

It’s nearly go time for construction of the Alumni Walk, the east-west campus connector replacing Andrews Road, reported project manager Paul Farnsworth. On April 16, work on the project — which previously carried the generic moniker “Bates Walk” — is scheduled to begin.

Thursday

March 29, 2007
12:00 am

Campus construction update: Week of March 26

We knew the three-story scaffold staircase was safe, because dozens of construction workers use it everyday without incident. But nevertheless it wobbled, the stairtreads were small, and it was all open, so there was no question about how far away the ground was.