University News

Metcalf renovations begin, close Soldiers Arch

By
Staff Writer
Monday, July 26, 2010

The transformation of Metcalf Chemistry and Research Laboratory into a home for the newly created Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences has begun, according to Vice President for Facilities Management Stephen Maiorisi.

The first phase of construction, which began in early June, will mainly consist of the demolition of interior walls while keeping the outer structure intact, he said. Over the next year, the space will be reconfigured to include modern laboratories, new classrooms and offices for the department’s faculty members. The $42 million project is slated to be complete during the fall of 2011 and is proceeding on schedule, he said.

The path through Soldier’s Arch, which is adjacent to Metcalf, closed last month due to its proximity to the construction site. Pedestrians attempting to access Lincoln Field from Thayer Street during the summer will need to use the walkway between Caswell and Hegeman halls, according to a summer construction map posted on the Facilities Management website.

“We know this is a heavily used area, which is why we wanted to get this part done over the summer,” Maiorisi said.The arch will reopen in late August in time for the upcoming academic year, he said.