Pettigrew Hall work well under way, will include important upgrades

Hebert Construction of Lewiston began work on Pettigrew Hall in late June, pursuing an expanded plan that includes not only repair and remediation, but some long-needed enhancements to the facility identified by the occupants.

Offices and classrooms on the first two floors of the three-story building are still scheduled to be back in operation by the start of the fall semester, as previously announced. However, The Digital Media Studios and the ILS Systems Development and Integration Group will return to the building at a later date, as early in the winter semester as possible, to allow for significant enhancement work in areas particularly hard-hit by the February flooding that triggered the project.

“With some institutional funding that is available to supplement the insurance coverage we have for repair work, we saw an opportunity to really ‘do it right’,” said Doug Ginevan, assistant vice president for financial planning and analysis, who is overseeing the Pettigrew project.

Ginevan added, “We realized we could address a range of requests from the occupants and get to some deferred maintenance items, so we widened the scope. The expanded project certainly won’t result in an entirely new interior, but we are aiming to create a more cohesive and functional environment overall.”

The work will take place in two phases:

• Phase One is scheduled to be completed by or before Sept. 1, bringing classrooms, faculty offices, Filene Auditorium, Gannett Theater, and Schaeffer Theatre back into service for the fall semester.

• Phase Two will focus on the Digital Media Studios and the Treat Gallery that houses the Systems Development and Integration Group, particularly the digital equipment and infrastructure that were heavily damaged by the flooding. The Phase Two completion date will be determined by when work can be performed without disrupting classes.

Chris Streifel, clerk of the works in the Bates Office of Facility Services, continues to oversee flooring, painting, electrical and mechanical work. Jim Bauer, director of network and infrastructure services, is overseeing technology repair and enhancement work.