STEM Construction ‘on track’

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A light winter has allowed construction on Central Campus to come out of the cold right on schedule.

The STEM building’s predicted May 2017 completion date will stay the same, said Bob Vaughan, director of capital planning and management.

“Usually after winter we lose a couple weeks because of snow or because of the cold weather,” Vaughan said. “For this project we did not lose any time this winter; it was a positive winter for us because it was mild.”

There have been rumors from SGA claiming construction was ahead of schedule, but this was not the case, Vaughan said.

“I don’t know where they got that information,” Vaughan said. “Everyone’s been trying to get that out of me for the last three months, but in reality it’s just going smoothly since we didn’t get behind.”

SGA President Jason Maulucci said SGA has not been spreading rumors about construction.

There has been a lot of visual progress on the STEM building, he said. Masonry has started on the east side, the side closest to the Cook Science Building, and brickwork will start sometime in May.

“I’ve definitely noticed a lot of progress each time I go by the construction site on campus,” junior Emily Friend said. “It’s too bad that I’ll be graduating by the time that it’s finished, but I think it will look great by the time it’s done and am excited to see what it will look like in the end.”

 

Junior Jennifer Findlay also said she had seen a lot of progress on construction.

“It’s cool being able to see everything unfolding every day that I walk by,” Findlay said. “It looks like there’s constantly work being done and that it’s happening in a timely manner.”

She said the noise created by construction bothered her at first, but she has gotten used to it.

Sophomore Nick Mander- link said the construction’s noise has had negative effects on the community.

“It’s annoying to hear all the beeping and machinery when I’m trying to study in the library,” Manderlink said.