Pettigrew Hall reopening expected in time for next academic year

The first phase of restoration work on Pettigrew Hall has been completed. College officials say they expect remaining repairs, with some enhancements, to be complete in time for the facility to be back in full service when the 2013-14 academic year begins.

Following extensive cleanup and asbestos abatement work throughout the first (lowest level) and second floors (main level off Alumni Walk) and assessment of what further repairs are needed, Hebert Construction, a general contractor based in Lewiston, is scheduled to begin the next phase of the project the week of May 6. Chris Streifel, clerk of the works in the Bates Office of Facility Services, will oversee that phase.

Doug Ginevan, assistant vice president for financial planning and analysis, remains in charge of the overall project. He says that the next phase will include flooring, painting, electrical and mechanical work, as well as significant work to restore damaged information and technology systems throughout the building.

Costs of both the remediation and repair work are covered by insurance.

Meanwhile, Ginevan is working with the Bates offices of Facility Services, Information and Library Services (ILS) and the building occupants to assess and prioritize a list of college-funded projects that will also take place during the construction period to improve Pettigrew’s functionality as well as the comfort of the faculty and staff who occupy the building.

Ginevan is also working closely with leaders of the annual summer Bates Dance Festival, which is usually based in Pettigrew, to accommodate the needs of the program during the construction period.

The project schedule calls for building occupants to move back into Pettigrew around mid-August, in time for offices and teaching spaces to be cleaned and ready for fall classes. If this date can be earlier, occupants will return sooner.