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Newing College replacement work to begin

By : Katie Ellis

An artistís rendering of the east campus housing project from the north side.

Work is expected to begin next month on the first phase of construction to replace the residence halls in Newing College and Dickinson Community, transforming the east side of campus. The first new building, to be sited on parking lots S-1 and S-2 adjacent to Newing’s Bingham Hall and Dickinson Community’s Champlain Hall, is targeted for completion by fall 2009.

The entire $300 million project will be completed in 2013. Additional Newing buildings and the collegiate center for both communities will be completed before work begins on the Dickinson Community.

The timeline is an ambitious one, and it will allow the University to complete the project as quickly as possible, saving millions of dollars. Newing’s Broome and Bingham halls will be demolished in May 2009, so completion of this first building will provide needed housing that fall.

Residential Life and Physical Facilities staff met recently with Bingham and Champlain hall residents to discuss the construction plan. General contractor LeChase Construction will minimize the noise as much as possible, with construction generally occurring between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. If weekend construction is required, students will be notified in advance.

“Work will be halted during the reading period and finals,” said Terry Webb, interim assistant vice president for student life.

“Students are asked to bring any construction-related issue or concern to the attention of Residential Life staff immediately so it can be addressed as quickly as possible,” Webb said.

Webb added that the University’s goal is to make the area surrounding the construction site as safe as possible. “The construction area will be cordoned off and temporary walkways and detours will be constructed as necessary to maintain a safe environment,” he said. One of the first aspects of the project will involve creating a temporary drive down to Lots S-3, 4 and 5, adjacent to the current access road, as well as fencing the site.

Lots S-1 and S-2 will be permanently lost due to the project, but in the initial phase of construction, the University will open up lots that are currently restricted. The Parking Advisory Committee has also requested the creation of Lot T between Johnson and O’Connor halls as soon as possible during the first phase, with about 60 additional spaces.

“The University is proud of its facilities and is moving forward to ensure that the residence halls on campus continue to be top-notch,” Webb said. “We want to ensure we continue to meet our students’ needs for the living/learning environment, condition of the rooms and services provided.”

A link for the project’s staging map may be found at

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Last Updated: 10/14/08