Posted: May 23, 2007
Facilities Management has its work cut out for it again this summer. Facilities management staff and contractors will be working on dozens of projects large and small over the next few, short months.
According to director John Bryant, the most noticeable project moving forward this summer will be ongoing work on the new, 176-bed, environmentally friendly residence hall on Lower Lake Road. That project will be completed next summer and will have United States Green Building Council silver LEED certification.
Another highly visible project, especially to those who are walking around Upper Lake, is the new track and field complex, including a new synthetic turf field, which will be used primarily by the field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer teams, and a new state-of-the-art eight-lane oval track with a nine-lane straightaway, bleachers, press box, and lighting. This project will finish in mid-August. Both the residence hall and the track complex are being funded through The Campaign for Mount Holyoke.
Other notable projects will include:
- bathroom renovations and elevator replacement in Prospect Hall;
- alterations and renovations in Dwight Hall for a new multi-media center;
- repaving and sidewalk additions to Gateway Road, adjacent to Clapp, Carr, and Reese;
- improvements to the Blanchard skating rink;
- improvements to turn-out paddocks and roof replacement at the Equestrian Center;
- conversion of room 222 to a computer lab in Reese and relocation of the curriculum library to the lower level;
- rewiring Mary Lyon and Mary Woolley for high level data infrastructure;
- adding of wireless infrastructure to seven residence halls: 1837, Prospect, Abbey-Buckland, Dickinson, Torrey, and South Mandelle;
- tree and shrub removal in proximity to College dams in accord with requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Dam Safety.
Along Route 116, the College will be working with the Town of South Hadley and Massachusetts Highway Department to enhance the five crosswalks on College frontage. Improvements will include granite and brick pavers, in-pavement blinking lights, pedestrian lighting, and an audible message component for sight-impaired individuals.
This summer the Town of South Hadley will be repaving Church and Park Streets, from Route 116 to the Equestrian Center. This work will begin after second reunion. At the same time, the College is hopeful that the final paving of the Route 116 project will move to completion this summer.
Looking ahead to this fall, facilities management hopes to begin additions and renovations to the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex. These include a new exercise and fitness space and renovated, expanded practice and performance spaces for the dance department, and a new entry lobby to better serve this multiuse complex, especially for public performances.