Posted 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009

[caption id="attachment_47" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Centennial Hall"]Centennial Hall[/caption] Construction crews are removing asbestos and other materials in Baird, Trowbridge and Wilder halls in preparation for the demolition of the buildings, which will begin later in June. Construction crews will move to the site of the new academic building and fence off the construction site beginning Monday, June 8. (Safety plan of area at right. Download a full-sized version of the construction area map at Centennial Hall construction mapmap The fencing will encircle the entire site, which now contains Baird, Trowbridge and Wilder halls. It will also extend southwest of the site to the street at the intersection of 16th and Vine streets to allow safe movement of construction equipment onto campus. Pedestrians will be allowed on the west and east sides of that gate. However, pedestrians should use extreme caution and beware of heavy equipment as there will be extensive construction vehicle traffic entering and leaving the campus at this location. An additional area immediately north of the Center for the Arts will also be fenced off later this summer to provide a staging/materials area for the construction. There will be some movement of materials between this area and the actual construction site, but a flag man will be present when that occurs to prohibit pedestrian traffic from conflicting with construction traffic.