Alumni eNewsletter: Campus Improvement Project Update (Archives)

TO: The Campus Community

FROM: Campus Deisgn and Construction

Construction of the multi-phase renovation of the Hall Memorial Building (HMB) fourth floor and portions of the third floor will begin this semester with a planned start of the fourth floor north wing on Monday February 9. Work will continue in phases through December 2015. The project provides significant improvements and expansion of Gallaudet's outdated science lab facilities to meet the future enrollment, instructional, and research needs of the Department of Science, Technology and Math (STM). The project includes the relocation of the Department of Psychology as well as the Office of the Dean, Arts and Sciences. Additionally, there will be a new collaboration/meeting facility open to the campus community on the fourth floor south wing of HMB.

An open house will be held in the HMB Atrium during common time on Thursday January 22, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm, to provide an opportunity for building occupants to learn more about the construction process, meet the construction team, ask questions, and provide input about the process. Details regarding construction operations, timeline, and anticipated impacts will be shared with the campus community prior to the open house on January 22.

The first phase, which includes interior renovation of science labs and support spaces on the fourth floor north wing of HMB, is scheduled to begin Monday February 9 and be completed by July 10. This phase, which includes a new pedestrian link between the fourth floor north and south wings of the building, should be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.

The second phase of work, encompassing interior renovation of the fourth floor south wing, is scheduled to begin Monday, March 23 and be completed by June 26. The final phase of work, focused on the science lab spaces on the third floor and a new open stairway linking the third and fourth floors, is scheduled to begin June 20 and be completed by December 11. Final move-in to these spaces will take place in time for full occupancy by the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester.

Renovation of Peet Hall fourth and fifth floors is currently underway. Construction is scheduled for completion by February 27, making it operational during the Spring 2015 semester.

The renovation will transition the use of the top two floors from student residences to offices for Gallaudet Interpreting Services, Gallaudet University Press, and the Gallaudet University Regional Centers. Under the 2022 Campus Plan, Peet Hall will be replaced with a new student residence hall in the final phase of the long-term development plan. In the meantime, given the building's flexible design and structural integrity, Peet Hall provides an ideal "swing-space" to accommodate short and long-term office space for users displaced by on-going facility improvement projects.

Modifications have been made to the second floor of College Hall to provide a suite of offices for the Office of the Provost. A new conference room, supporting both the Office of the President and Office of the Provost, will be completed in late February. The Office of Academic Quality will relocate to the fourth floor of College Hall in mid-March to support the Office of the Provost's daily operations.

The initial site preparations for the new Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) student residence hall are underway. This approximately 70,000 square foot, 158 student-bed facility will be constructed on the site of the existing Residence Hall "B" (RHB) building located northeast of the MSSD school building.

The three-story building will provide shared common areas on the first floor. The upper two floors will be configured as two L-shaped wings that provide distinctly separate space for boys and girls. The project is scheduled for student occupancy in the fall of 2016.

Crews have dismantled the interior of RHB and major demolition of the building's shell and removal of debris will begin this week. A formal groundbreaking ceremony for the new residence hall will be held in early spring once the RHB demolition is complete and the site is cleared.

The next phase of improvements to the east campus area will include landscape improvements centered around a new concrete walkway linking the West Virginia gate with the baseball field and Benson Circle. The first phase, consisting of the concrete walkway, is planned to begin mid-spring 2015, weather permitting.

The Office of Design and Construction welcomes any questions or comments regarding improvements to campus facilities.

Hansel Bauman
Executive Director, Office of Design and Construction

College Hall, Room 303
202-250-2034 VP

Posted: 6 Feb 2015

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