Construction is a fact of life 365 days a year on the Emory campus,
but in summertime, when few classes are in session and the bustle
of the academic year abates, building takes on a fresh importance.
Small, intense projects are begun and completed in a matter of
weeks, and large efforts often move ahead so far that people returning
to campus in the fall may not recognize the buildings they saw when
they left campus in May.
Dozens of projects are ongoing around Emory, ranging from road
construction on Fraternity Row to the renovation of Candler Library.
Some of the more high-profile work is highlighted below.
Abatement work to rid Candler Librarys interior of lead paint
and asbestos has just been completed. Next, the windowswhich
contain lead paintwill have to be replaced. Excavation for
the 9,600-square-foot addition to Candler Library will continue.
Because of the librarys location in the center of campus,
traffic tie-ups involved with the construction have been commonplace.
Things have eased with the coming of summer, but according to project
manager Terry Bozeman, one car making a dropoff at the hospital
can stop traffic in all directions.
Well have people working as flaggers to make sure
traffic doesnt block the curbs, he said. The flaggers
also will keep an eye on pedestrians to make sure they dont
wander into the worksite.
When the renovation is complete, the library will house classroom
space, faculty offices, the African-American studies program, and
administrative offices for Emory College and the Graduate School.
Candler Library also will be the first renovated building on campus
to qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
status. The recently completed Whitehead Research Building is Emorys
other LEED-certified building.
Construction is ongoing all over University Apartments. With the
dorms opening to students beginning in the fall, building inspections
are ongoing. In some wings furniture is being installed.
At the Student Activities and Academic Center, which will be a
campus centerpiece, steel framing, trusses and the metal deck are
being installed. Concrete for the 50-meter swimming pool has been
poured, while the lap pool is being excavated.
Mathematics and Science
Along with the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, the building
formerly known as Science 2000, Phase II is perhaps the highest
profile construction going on at the main campus.
The Mathematics and Science Center will be completed for the start
of the fall semester. Tenants are scheduled to begin moving into
the building on July 15.
Already the building is taking its final shape. Work on the interior
is being wrapped up, while landscaping and final roadwork are being
finished outside the building.
Schwartz Center for
the Performing Arts
Like the Mathematics and Science Center across campus, the performing
arts center is nearing completion.
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, said
project manager Stuart Adler. I think everyone will be really
happy with the building when its finished.
Much of the work this summer will involve the inside of the building.
The orchestra and percussion lifts will be installed. So will the
chorale risers, the performance flooring and the audience seating.
The centers state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment will be
installed as well.
On the outside, the buildings stone veneer will be completed
and all of the windows installed. The fencing surrounding the building
will be removed in September and the landscaping finished.
In the fall, acousticians will fine-tune the buildings acoustics.
They treat the building itself like an instrument, Adler
said. Come November, the buildings tenants will start moving
Winship Cancer Institute
The Winship Cancer Institutes new building held its topping
out ceremony, May 22, signifying the placement of the final
iron beam, which completed the construction of the buildings
exterior. Work on the building, which is due to open July 2003,
is now in the homestretch.
Most everything now will be internal to the building,
said project manager Steve Lange. Work on the sheetrock, ductwork
and plumbing is currently a main focus.