November 13, 2000
Science 2000-Phase II, arts center underway
By Eric Rangus email@example.com
Two high-profile capital projects, Science 2000-Phase II and the Schwartz
Center for the Performing Arts, enter the construction phase this year
with plans to be completed and open in time for the fall 2002 semester.
The arts center broke ground last month. Science 2000-Phase II will do
so in January, but some of the initial work on the site will begin in
the coming days.
One of the things we try to do is minimize disruption to the University;
thats critically important, said John Fields, director of
project management and construction. Therefore, one of the main focuses
of both projects is to minimize the mixing of campus personnel and students
and construction equipment.
Because of both buildings locations on the Emory perimeter, construction
traffic on campus will be minimal. Trucks will enter the arts center site
from North Decatur Road, then exit on Fishburne. For Science 2000, a thruway
will be opened from Oxford Road across a small portion of the B. Jones
In fact, parking is where the most significant, immediate impact will
be. At the arts center, about 50 spots in the Fishburne Deck were lost.
Re-striping at the deck actually saved 25 other spots that wouldve
gone away, according to Parking Director Bill Collier.
At Science 2000, more than 122 parking spaces will eventually disappear,
Fields said. The first 20 (located in a carpool lot adjacent to B. Jones)
will be eliminated today. Later in November and into early December, the
B. Jones lot will lose a total of 37 parking spots. In early January 2001,
Dowman/Dickey Drive will be converted to a two-lane road with no off-street
parking, resulting in the loss of 65 spaces.
The first phase of Science 2000-Phase II construction began last week.
Electrical equipment on the north side of the B. Jones lot was fenced
off, and the installation of a card reader began on the lots south
side. That will open the visitor lot to employee parking. The stairway
leading from Dowman/Dickey to the B. Jones lot also will disappear within
the next week.
In December, stormwater and utility work will begin on Dowman/Dickey,
as well as a realignment of the Dickey Drive/Pierce Drive corner, and
the road will remain open for the duration. Eventually, once Science 2000
is completed, the layout of Dowman/Dickey will have moved about 50 feet
to the north.
Part of this early work will require movement of a transformer in the
B. Jones building. The bulk of this effort should be finished by the first
week of January. During this time the building will run on a temporary
Aside from construction, Science 2000-Phase II will occupy a significant
place on campus.
This building will have a dramatic impact on the college,
said Rosemary Magee, associate dean of the college. It will be a
state-of-the-art facility for faculty research and teaching.
Indeed, one of the buildings most significant impacts will be in
geography. In addition to a new home for environmental studies, the complex
will house chemistry, physics and mathematics and computer science, college
departments currently spread around campus. Being located in the same
building will also provide easy opportunities for collaboration, Magee
The eventual move of those departments also will instigate a domino effect
in the college. Spaces currently occupied will provide growth space
for other college programs [when vacated], Magee said.
Once completed, the $39.6 million, 136,400-square-foot facility will
be a unique addition to campus. It will be located in the middle of an
Emory hub: among the Administration and B. Jones buildings, White Hall
and the soon-to-be-completed Emerson Hall (Science 2000-Phase I).
Its construction will match much of Emorys oldest architecture,
yet its interior will include some of the newest technology available,
including state-of-the-art, multimedia classrooms, laboratory facilities
and a planetarium. The top floor also will feature roof access for environmental
The building meets the vision of the campus master plan, at a scale
Because of the hilly area where it will be located, the building will
feature entries on both the second and third floors. It will be separated
into three wings, giving the facility a U-shape.
The design allows the building to wrap around the woods,
Bullock said. Bullock said 55 percent of the trees in the construction
area will be untouched. Several others will be replanted, and a grassy
area off Oxford Road will be reforested.
Environmental issues were paramount in the buildings design. Two
members of the University Senate Committee on the Environment sat on the
It was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with people who have great expertise on environmental issues, Fields said. They are part of the solution. The building is as it is due in large part to their involvement. They helped us maximize the tree stand and minimize the impact of the site.