Spring is here and the New Core is almost complete! As with any construction project, there are a number of critical items which must be addressed before we can finally occupy the facility. Besides the inside construction remaining tasks, the following activities could take us through almost the month of May.
As part of the GCC’s new core design process, our architects utilized mathematical models to measure the effect of the sun during the winter and summer months on those portions of the building (the new cafeteria and the library extension) where a very high percentage of glass makes up the entire south walls of the structure.
Since lately the only information you have received on the Core Modernization Project has been ” …the next inconvenience is!!!..” I thought it was time for another more comprehensive update. Read on for some major highlights followed by some of the specific activities completed, nearing completion, or will be taking place during the next few months.
An update to the previous post about detours in December:
Handicapped access and associated parking. Although there will be numerous construction activities taking place starting next week at the South and North Wings of the Main Building, access will be continual into the South and North Wings at the Lower Levels. (Details are included within the asterisked items below.)
Prior to the semester break (basically most of December) there will be construction efforts which will effect both vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the Main Building on the Main Campus. We will try to inform you ahead of time of the dates for these activities. However, whether or not you have been notified “officially” please abide by the directional and warning signs posted on the site.
In order to make required upgrades to the total electrical systems of the College, Western Mass. Electric (WMECO) has scheduled a complete shutdown of all College electrical systems on Thursday, November 11, Veteran’s Day, and again on Sunday, November 14.
Now that the well drilling machines have departed from the rear of the Main Building, some individuals have started to use the access road. There is still a lot of work to be done along that road. Once the wells are finished and they pass a final test, Barr & Barr’s contractors will then install the piping and associated electrical work.
As you return to campus or arrive for the first time, you cannot help but notice the significant amount of construction activities in and around the Main Building. The following information should give you a capsule summary of what has taken place in order to bring us to this point in the campus modernization process.
The addition of a geothermal heating and cooling system is an integral part of the Core Modernization Project. Most of the geothermal wells will be located to the rear of the Main Building on the west (hill side) of the rear roadway and on both sides of the fenced area which houses the cooling tower. Accordingly, in order to accomplish this work, the rear roadway (including adjacent curbs and grass areas) will be closed to ALL college and community pedestrian and vehicular traffic starting this coming Monday August 16, 2010.
The third floor walk-through areas will still be open to pedestrian traffic. We will let you know when this work is completed and apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.