New Residence Hall, Quad on Schedule for Fall 2014

CANTON, N.Y. — Construction of St. Lawrence University’s new residence hall and renovations to the Quad are moving toward completion of both projects by the start of the Fall 2014 semester.

“We’re still on schedule,” said Dan Seaman, St. Lawrence’s chief facilities officer. “We’re really focused on the interior work now, putting up drywall and getting the mechanical systems squared away. We’re also flushing the geothermal system and are close to having that hooked up. So, we should be able to take advantage of some cooling from the system over the summer."

The new residence hall will provide housing to as many as 155 students when it opens this fall. As of May 27, the University has raised $7,120,959 toward construction of the $14 million facility, which will feature a glass bridge commons area, a café on the first floor and several sustainability features including geothermal heating and cooling.

Seaman said the fourth floor of the new residence hall is 98 percent complete, and the third floor should be nearly completed by the end of May.

“We’re working from the top down,” he said. “There’s a lot of activity going on around the exterior of the building as well, especially on the Quad side. We’ve finished the main grading on the east side between the res hall and Noble, and we’ve finished preparing the site for pouring the concrete walkway. Even the light poles are also being wired in. It’s moving along nicely.”

The $1.27 million Quad project will add green space, a level area in the center and terraced steps leading to a promenade in front of Gunnison Memorial Chapel. According to Seaman, the Quad project is actually a little ahead of schedule, as crews from Harvey Excavation have completed much of the grading as well as the major cuts in the soil.

“They’re already starting the concrete work for the seating areas on the chapel side and will be pouring concrete soon,” Seaman said. “They’ll be installing the conduit so we have lighting on plaza in the center of the promenade, and we’ll have power to hold small events on the Quad once it’s complete.”

According to Seaman, the Quad walls will feature the same granite rock facings as the new residence hall. In addition, the new walkways will feature an environmentally friendly permeable paving system, allowing for rainwater to flow through the porous materials.

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