Pettigrew Hall repairs under way

The assessment and repair of Pettigrew continues in earnest.

Faculty and staff displaced by the flooding have moved into temporary offices across campus. Over the past two weeks, they have been able to access Pettigrew to pick up personal items and to tag furniture and other belongings that movers brought to their temporary offices earlier this week. Assistant Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis Doug Ginevan, serving as Pettigrew project manager, has followed up to make sure that affected faculty and staff are now as settled as possible.

Next comes a thorough cleaning of Pettigrew’s first (ground) floor, so that the Information and Library Services team can remove and fully assess the condition of hardware and other equipment on that floor. Andrew White, director of user services, said that the network infrastructure damaged by the flooding has been replaced adequately enough to serve Schaeffer and maintain e-access to Pettigrew and Gannet Theatre on a temporary basis.

Once the hardware and equipment have been removed, the first floor of Pettigrew will be closed for repair and renewal. However, Gannett Theater will remain available to the theater department for a limited time each day, with students and faculty involved in productions allowed key-card entry through the Pit Lot door. Ginevan emphasizes that while Gannett is open, all other parts of the building will be off limits during the active abatement process. No restroom facilities are available in Pettigrew, but Schaeffer restroom facilities will remain available.

The 17th-century play, “The Swaggering Damsel,” will open on March 21 in Gannett Theater as planned. Theatergoers can enter through the Pit Lot door.

From mid-March into early April, workers on the first and second floors will remove moisture-damaged materials, such as floors, walls and ceilings. Once this abatement is complete, those floors will be open to occupants for two to three days before construction can begin for repair and limited renovations, with a targeted completion date in early summer.

Doug Ginevan says, “The process of fully assessing this project and reopening Pettigrew is complicated, with many moving parts. Numerous members of the Bates staff are dedicated to the work, and they’re doing a great job. The work has now been scheduled, but in any undertaking of this nature, dates should not be viewed as hard and fast – the unexpected happens. Anyone with questions, concerns, or a need to access the building as the work progresses should be in touch with me.

“We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of the faculty and staff whose lives and work have been disrupted, and appreciate their understanding and good will as we work to complete the remediation project.”