Campus Construction Update
Story posted December 20, 2006
Those sounds you hear from beyond the construction site fencing in various spots around campus signal pending improvements to student life and academic programs at Bowdoin. As we head into the new year, here’s where we stand according to Don Borkowski, director of capital projects.
“The Bricks” Residence Halls
Renovations at Coleman and Moore Halls finished ahead of schedule, and students are moving in. They’re vacating Maine and Winthrop Halls, which are the last two of Bowdoin’s six historic first-year residence halls to undergo a total interior overhaul.
Construction is ongoing in the conversion of the Curtis Pool building into a 290-seat state-of-the-art Recital Hall. The pool has been removed, and crews are targeting a completion date in late March 2007. The first concert is scheduled for May 3.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Work on the Walker Art Building began in May 2005 and involved lowering the bottom level by four feet. Work is slated to be finished in early March 2007. The museum’s staff, which is currently working in Banister Hall, will move in first. Artwork will begin migrating back in May, a process that will take several weeks to complete.
The project is in the schematic design phase in which basic floor plans are evolving. The schedule calls for construction to start in late spring with completion in the fall of 2008.
The existing soccer field will be paved over for use as a parking lot to serve the new hockey rink. Work on the new soccer field, farther up Harpswell Road, has begun with the demolition of the existing houses.
Replication of the crumbling gargoyle that watched over the campus from atop Hubbard Hall is complete. The replacement is in storage on campus and will be installed in the spring.
Plans are underway to expand the fitness center, but are still in the early stages of determining how big the space should be and who shall be the architect.
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