News About the Convergence Center

In the effort to keep everyone informed on this project as work progresses, updates will be provided in this newsletter and in the campus newsletter, EagleEye.  As necessary, separate email alerts may be sent out if warranted by particular developments related to the project.

Preliminary work that began on April 9 and continued throughout the summer is finished.  The temporary construction access road in between the Jepson Science Center and Melchers Hall is finished and in use.  New handicapped accessible parking spaces near Jepson Hall are finished and also in use.

The walkway that will route pedestrian traffic from campus walk around the construction site and behind the Library is finished and in use.  In order to make the detour as functional as possible, the brick walkways at the south end of the Library that connect back to campus walk (on the side nearest Woodard Campus Center) were rebuilt.  In their former somewhat deteriorated state, these walks would not have adequately handled the increased use they will be getting during the time the Convergence Center is under construction.

Appropriate signs have been placed in a variety of campus locations to depict the new walking patterns.  Large-scale maps have also been placed in strategic locations to show the layout of the construction detours.  Some of the locations where you can see these maps for yourself are under the arcade by the Library, outside Lee Hall (on the sidewalk near Virginia Hall), in the lobby of the Jepson Science Center, at the Fitness Center and the Anderson Center, and in the main lobby of Lee Hall.  As part of the effort to reach students, maps are also placed in Arrington and Alvey Halls, at Eagle Landing, and by two of the cashier stations in Seacobeck Hall.

A digital copy of the map is available here.

The next major activity is site excavation and the installation of the piers that will support the building.  This work is expected to start within the next two weeks or so.  Some vibrations will be experienced in the vicinity of the work site from this activity.  The construction firm estimates that vibrations will not extend more than 200 feet from the hole where a pier is being installed.  That means there may be some vibrations felt in a portion of the Library from the work in the pier holes nearest the Library, and the same situation might occur in Alvey Hall.  There should not be any noticeable vibration in the Jepson Science Center – at least, this is what we know at this point.

There is, by the way, an interesting video about how the process for installing the building piers will work.  You can check it out at this YouTube address.

Additional details about the project are available at the project web page.

This web page provides background information about the Convergence Center and also offers two separate lists of FAQs addressing specific questions about the construction project and the building itself.  At the end of the FAQs about the building there are two images depicting the outside of the building and a short slide show of what the inside might look like when it is finished.

In addition, there is a link to a page for “latest developments” where we will try to keep everyone updated on significant milestone events as they occur. If you believe the materials posted at the web site have left important questions unaddressed, please send your comments or suggestions to John Morello (jmorello@umw.edu) so that the necessary information might be made available.

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