Construction Updates

Spring, 2014

The Spring semester saw the completion of the New Multipurpose Academic Building and renovated Student Center projects and the buildings being fully utilized by students, faculty, and staff. With complex acoustical and sound and lighting system work completed in the Fusco Recital Hall and Symphonic Hall, these performance spaces are now being enjoyed by the Music Department and the entire Marist community.

Finishing touches on outdoor decks and dining spaces and landscaping will be completed as the weather warms-up. The late spring and summer will see a full recladding of the exterior of the Student Center Rotunda.

New building entry

Entrance, New Multipurpose Academic Building

 

New building foyer

Grand Foyer & Lounge

Recital Hall

Fusco Recital Hall

Symphonic Hall

Symphonic Hall

October 24, 2013

Chandelier

 
With the recent installation of three, 2,200-pound chandeliers, the new Dining Hall is now complete.
 
Check-in Station
 
The check-in station at the main (north) Student Center entrance

August 26, 2013

It's Open!

Opening 1

SALAD BAR

Opening 2

SUSHI BAR

Opening 3

SERVERY ROW - FEATURED ENTREES, GRILL STATION, DELI, ITALIAN, PIZZA...

Opening 4

THE GREAT HALL - IT REMAINS TO BE DETERMINED IF IT WILL BE THE SITE OF ANY SORTING CEREMONIES

Opening 5

BOOTHS LINING ONE SIDE OF THE GREAT HALL

Opening 6

ATTENTION TO DETAIL THAT WOULD MAKE MARTHA STEWART PROUD

August 26, 2013

Dining Hall Opening Moved to Monday, Aug. 26 Dinner

Plans to have the Dining Hall open for breakfast this morning, Monday, August 26th, have been changed to ensure that the food service staff has had sufficient time to set up the new stations and to ensure the safety of all who will be using the facility. The opening is now planned for dinner tonight. 

Marist students, please join us beginning at 4:30 PM for the first meal served in this spectacular new facility. We are sure you will agree that it will be well worth the brief wait.

In the meantime, a hot breakfast and lunch will be served under the tent on the Campus Green from 7:15 AM until 2:00 PM today, and all retail dining operations on campus (except for Jazzman's and Cabaret) will be open for business as well.

August 22, 2013

The scaffolding has been removed from the grand dining hall. Here, you can see the large wooden trusses that support the cathedral ceiling. The top windows are exterior, the lower are interior to the surrounding Student Center.

Dining Hall

Two images of the servery area on the perimeter of the grand dining hall (under the arches in the above photo).

Servery

 

Servery 2

August 14, 2013

Here are two images of the new grand dining hall, which was created by enclosing the Student Center courtyard. The dining hall and adjoining kitchen and servery areas are all on track to begin serving students starting with Move-In Day on August 24.

dining hall

 

dining hall ceiling

August 9, 2013

With two weeks to go until students return to campus, the new academic building and renovated Student Center project is entering its final stages.

The priority over this final phase of construction is the grand new Student Dining Hall, servery, and kitchen area, which are all on schedule to open in time to welcome students back for the Fall semester.

Nearly half of all kitchen equipment -- including a large new pizza oven -- has already been installed, and the remainder is on its way. Representatives of the College's food services provider, Sodexo, have been closely involved in the design, construction, and outfitting of the new dining facilities, and are fully prepared to begin serving students when they return later this month.

The signature feature of the new and expanded Dining Hall is the central hall, which was created by enclosing the courtyard using giant wood trusses. The result is a space with cathedral ceiling, high exterior windows to let in daylight, and interior windows that will visually connect the room with surrounding Student Center space.

August 2, 2013

The summer has seen tremendous progress across the construction site. Here are a few recent photographs of the new academic building. Photos showing the interiors of both this building and the under-renovation Student Center will be posted next week.

 

July 31 construction

 

July 31 construction

 

July 31 construction

April 17, 2013

Spring is in full swing, and the new multipurpose academic building and Student Center renovation project is buzzing with activity. On the new building, stone masonry work is well underway and, with the floor slabs complete, progress is being made inside on the wall framing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ductwork, as well as the plumbing and electrical roughing-in.

 In the Student Center, additional demolition work is going on throughout the building. In a few weeks, the wood trusses that will support the roof, which will enclose the courtyard, creating the dramatic centerpiece of the new Dining Hall, will arrive on site. Soon thereafter, on May 17, the last day of final exams, the Student Center will be shut down until work is completed and the entire project opens in time for the start of the fall semester.

New Multipurpose Academic Building

New Multipurpose Academic Building - East Front

New Multipurpose Academic Building

New Multipurpose Academic Building - Looking East from Champagnat plaza

March 11, 2013

With its steel structure now fully in place, the new multipurpose academic building has established itself as part of the Marist campus skyline. Masonry work to enclose the building is moving ahead, and the floor slabs are nearly complete.

Renovation of the adjoining Student Center is also progressing, with the interior courtyard demolition complete, setting the stage for the next high-visibility milestone: the enclosure of that courtyard under a vaulted ceiling that will create the centerpiece of the renovated and expanded dining hall.

March 11

Masonry

 

January 21, 2013

Welcome back! The appearance of steel beams being lowered into place by a giant crane is just the most visible sign of progress in the new multipurpose academic building and Student Center renovation project. Since breaking ground last summer, much work has been done on site preparation and the new building’s foundation, as well as extensive exterior and interior demolition in the Student Center.

Jan. 21 construction update

With the start of the Spring 2013 semester, work that will impact the daily routines of the College will begin in earnest. To minimize disruption to the campus community, the Office of the Executive Vice President led a planning group of Vice Presidents and other senior administrators in developing contingency plans.

Here’s what to expect for the coming semester:

  • Dining Hall – the servery area has been reconfigured to adjust for a temporary loss of space, but all food server options will still be available, though diners should expect some line congestion. Seating capacity will remain the same thanks to the realignment of tables and chairs. However, to the extent possible, students are encouraged to avoid dining during the peak hours of 12-1 pm, Mon.-Fri., and 6-7 pm, Mon.-Thurs.). Private Dining Rooms A & B have been permanently removed.DiningHall
  • Stairway – The stairway between the Dining Hall and the Cabaret has been closed. It is being demolished and reconfigured to accommodate construction of a new terrace. It will be reopened when the project is completed in the fall. The terrace, which will be accessed from the Dining Hall, will provide al fresco dining opportunities with river views.
  • Clubs – The music program will be based in Student Center Room 349, which will be used for rehearsal space now that the small dining room is unavailable. The Performing Arts Room (PAR) will be available for clubs and other activities on a limited basis. Administrative functions for the Office of College Activities have relocated to Student Center Room 348, but the office's service window, where students can purchase event tickets and interact with College Activities staff, remains at its original location across from the PAR.

We understand that, even with our extensive planning and contingency plans, some disruption is inevitable, but it is necessary to ensure that the project can meet its ambitious schedule to open this fall. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation, and we are sure you’ll agree that the new and renovated buildings will be well worth it.

For the newest members of the Marist community and as a reminder to everyone else, a quick overview of the project:

The new, multipurpose academic building will house the Music Department and related programs, but it will be used by students and faculty of all disciplines.

The Student Center renovation will enhance the entire building, including the Performing Arts Room, Nelly Goletti Theatre, Student Government Association Office, and an expanded and completely renovated Dining Hall, which will involve enclosing the open-air courtyard.

In addition, the renovated Student Center will be much more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient thanks to significant improvements to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, as well as a new glass curtain wall. The decision to renovate rather than demolish and build anew will itself greatly reduce the project's environmental impact.

The project is designed by the world-renowned firm of Robert A.M. Stern, the same architect who designed the Hancock Center. The new academic building will include: three classrooms, a band rehearsal hall, a choral rehearsal and recital hall, nine practice rooms, a string ensemble room, a music library, a piano lab, a computer lab, a conference room, and four faculty offices.

An added bonus of the new academic building is that it will open up additional student activity and meeting space on the ground floor of the Student Center.

Please continue to watch this page, as well as Marist’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, for updates on the project. Please direct any questions to construction@marist.edu.

September 27, 2012

Excavator

Until now, most of the work on the new multipurpose academic building and the Student Center renovation project has occurred behind a green construction fence. That changed this week, when a large crane could be seen lifting an excavator over the Student Center to place it in the building's courtyard, where it is being used in the recently-begun demolition work. Over the course of the academic year, the courtyard will be enclosed by a vaulted ceiling to create a new area that will add 200 seats to the dining hall.

Meanwhile, the initial site excavation for the new academic building is complete. Concrete foundation work will begin soon and, once completed, will allow for the installation of structural steel to get underway sometime in mid-November. The goal is to top out the steel structure by Christmas. 

As the banners on the construction fence promise, the project will be ready for students in Fall 2013. To meet this goal, an aggressive construction plan is in place, and work is progressing on schedule. Thanks to the entire Marist community for its cooperation during this exciting and important project.

Work Underway on New Academic Building and Student Center Renovation

August 23, 2012

new academic building

Students returning to campus for the new semester will find work well underway on the new academic building and the renovation of the adjoining Student Center, a project that will greatly improve the college experience of all Marist students.

The new, multi-purpose academic building will house the Music Department and related programs, but it will be used by students and faculty of all disciplines.

The Student Center renovation will enhance the entire building, including the Performing Arts Room, Nelly Goletti Theatre, Student Government Association Office, and an expanded and completely renovated dining hall, which will involve enclosing the open-air courtyard.

In addition, the renovated Student Center will be much more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient thanks to significant improvements to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, as well as a new glass curtain wall. The decision to renovate rather than demolish and build anew will itself greatly reduce the project's environmental impact.

The project is designed by the world-renowned firm of Robert A.M. Stern, the same architect who designed the Hancock Center. The new academic building will include: three classrooms, a band rehearsal hall, a choral rehearsal and recital hall, nine practice rooms, a string ensemble room, a music library, a piano lab, a computer lab, a conference room, and four faculty offices.

An added bonus of the new academic building is that it will open up additional student activity and meeting space on the ground floor of the Student Center.

Most Student Center functions will continue their normal operations during construction.

This transformational project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013. For project updates, watch this space and follow Marist on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Construction of a New Academic Music Building and Renovation of the
Student Center

July 10, 2012

student center

Construction of Marist's new academic music building is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks with completion planned for August 2013. In order to begin excavation for the new building, a large oak tree on the east side of the student center must be removed. The oak tree, which is likely the oldest tree on campus, has been deteriorating for many years and is within the footprint of the new building. If possible, wood from the tree will be reclaimed to memorialize its importance to the campus through the years.

Planning for this large, complex project has been going on in earnest over the past sixteen months, involving representatives from the following departments, offices, and committees: academic affairs, faculty affairs, student affairs, information technology, the Student Government Association, dining services, alumni, and the Board of Trustees. The planning process for this project was guided by a keen awareness of and commitment to sustainable practices as evidenced by the inclusion in the project of features such as a vegetative roof and rain garden for storm water control and energy efficient lighting, windows, curtain wall, and appliances.

The Construction Manager for the project is Daniel O'Connell's Sons from Holyoke, MA, which was selected after a rigorous review of proposals that involved people from throughout the College community. The architect for the project is Robert AM Stern Architects, (RAMSA), the same firm that designed to much acclaim the Hancock Center, McCann Center addition, and the new campus gates. RAMSA was also selected to provide planning services for our Master Plan update after a separate competitive proposal process that included responses from many notable international architectural firms.

The approximate start dates for project phases occurring this summer are:

  • July 11 - Site preparation
  • July 23 - Installation of project fence
  • July 23 - Installation of project office trailers
  • July 30 - Relocation of waterline
  • August 20 - Foundation excavation

By the start of the fall semester, the site fence will be in place and temporary sidewalks and building exits will be installed. Throughout the academic year, construction will progress on the new building, and wherever possible, work will begin in the student center. Please be aware that there will be construction activity in the middle of the campus throughout the year and that construction vehicles will be using campus sidewalks throughout the day.

This site will be updated regularly with new information, including relocation plans for offices that will be displaced by the construction.

In the meantime, if you have any specific questions regarding the construction activities, please email them to construction@marist.edu.

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