It’s hammer time.
Starting this month, construction for the new Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center begins.
Alan Rubacha, project manager, is setting up an 8-foot chain-link fence that will surround the old Alumni Athletic Building and Fayerweather Gymnasium. The driveway and cement walkway that currently provide access from Wyllys Avenue to the lot behind South and North College will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians as of Monday, June 13.
The lot itself will be closed except for handicap access and service. Parking has been reassigned to the lot adjacent to the Office of Admission and to the lot behind the Center for Film Studies. Foot traffic will be diverted around the L-shaped construction site. The pathway along College Row, between Wyllys Avenue and Judd Hall will not be affected.Foot traffic west of Fayerweather will be diverted onto a temporary gravel access road. The road, 18-feet wide, will cut from Wyllys Avenue across Andrus Field behind Fayerweather and end in the lot behind South and North College.
This access road will be for foot traffic, handicap, emergency, service and construction vehicles only.A portion of Fayerweather, the old Alumni Athletic Building and power plant will be demolished to make room for the Usdan University Center.
Between four and six construction trailers will be set up behind South College. Rubacha will mark this area with white stripes. He warns that, for employees of the Office of Admission, North and South College, the site will be “noisy and dusty.”
“It will be loud, there’s no question about it,” he said. “The Usdan University Center will consolidate dining facilities for students and faculty, and will provide seminar and meeting spaces. It will house the Wesleyan Student Assembly, the post office, and retail space. Facilities for formal and informal gatherings and events will complement those available in the Memorial Chapel and ’92 Theater. A south-facing plaza and second story terrace will overlook Andrus Field and will provide an outdoor venue.
David Hall, manager of Grounds and Special Events, says the construction zone will not affect athletic games or bleacher set-ups. The building is expected to be completed in August 2007.
For more information on plans for the University Center, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/masterplan/univcenter.html.