Revised schedule for Alumni Hall renovations
The Alumni Hall renovation project, originally scheduled for February '04 - August '04, has been rescheduled to take place over the next three summers. Since bids for some of the $6.2 million project were higher than anticipated, the renovation work will be done in three phases, beginning in June.
"The university is always mindful of spending dollars as efficiently as possible," stated Norwich Chief Administrative Officer Dave Magida. "The Board of Trustees Facilities Planning Committee, President Schneider, and several administrators felt that to move ahead with the project as scheduled would be too expensive."
On Friday, February 13th, members of the Facilities Planning Committee and President Schneider made the decision that, in order to complete all of the work and renovations that need to be done, the Alumni Hall project will take place in three phases during the summers of '04, '05, and '06.
The first phase will consist of replacing windows, repairing the exterior masonry, asbestos abatement to prepare for the new bathrooms, and performing site utility work.
"In the summer of '05, we anticipate replacing the west bathroom wing and building new bathrooms in the middle of the building," Magida said. "We will also do roof work and perform structural and mechanical improvements."
In the summer of '06 the project will conclude with work being done on the stairs, doors, interior finish, lighting, and ceilings.
"Due to the tight time constraints of the original plan, we feel
that we did not get sufficient bids from small to medium contractors who
might be able to perform this work," Magida explained. "By doing
this work over a longer period of time ,we anticipate being able to get
lower bids, so that we can stay within our budget and still get all of
the improvements made on Alumni Hall. This new schedule will also be much
less disruptive to students." Magida also said that individuals originally
scheduled to be housed in Alumni Hall for summer programs will be relocated
to other dorms on campus.
by Mark Albury