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Summer Construction Updates and Advisements

From Frank Mazzola, Physical Plant:

Construction season is underway at Keene State College! Earlier this week I took a moment to watch Joe Britton, Campus Gardener, plant summer annuals around campus. This week’s rain and heat will ensure a good start for them. It was a sharp contrast to the sound of heavy equipment and chipping hammers elsewhere on the campus. Here is a brief update on some of the activities.

Off Wyman Way demolition and asbestos removal work is occurring at the Tisdale Apartments site to make room for this new 349 student residence hall tentatively called Pondside 4. This new building will be five stories with students living on the upper four floors. The building’s design supports living-learning communities by organizing the building into twelve residential wings of 28 to 30 students. Each wing has common areas for study and social interactions. On the first floor there are three classrooms, in which students can attend class together and hold evening events. Note: Over the next few weeks utility work necessary to support this project will intermittently reduce vehicle travel on Wyman Way to one lane. Traffic control personnel stationed on Wyman Way will assist campus motorists using Wyman Way.

In June we will see the Tisdale Apartments, which were originally built in 1972 to house married students, razed to make room for the new building.

At Mason Library the front steps and capstones at the main entrance are being replaced. The damaged steps have been removed and new granite stair treads and caps are being manufactured. This project will continue through July.

The Main St. entrance to the historic Elliot Mansion is being replaced. A new wood entry portico and granite steps, identical to the original building are intended to both preserve this historic structure and enhance our visitor’s first impression of the College. New sidewalks will extend to Main St. and to Wyman Way improving access to the Admissions Department from the visitor parking area. This work will continue through July.

Later this summer the badly deteriorated exterior stairs at the Redfern Arts Center will be replaced. Work will be done in a very careful manner to maintain access and full use of the Redfern during this project.

Countless other small projects and repairs, from roof replacements to fire alarm system upgrades to classroom improvements are scheduled this summer. The Physical Plant Department appreciates the campus’s support and patience during this busy season for us.

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