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By Matt McDonald
Hawkins Pond, the backdrop of many area prom and wedding photos, is about to receive a facelift — and become more environmentally friendly — all because of an infrastructure project that should make the college more efficient.
Paid for by the State University of New York Construction Fund, the $3.6 million construction project will replace hot water, storm and sewer lines around Hawkins Hall beginning May 19 and ending in the fall of 2015. Plattsburgh-based Luck Brothers Inc. will be the general contractor.
In addition to pipe replacement and repair, the project will add a new water line around Hawkins to help with future maintenance and emergency work. View a map of the construction (PDF file size 750 KB).
Because of the construction, access to Hawkins, Hudson and Ward halls will be somewhat restricted through the summer and potentially into the fall. Fencing will circle Hawkins Hall and the pond area, and half of the Hawkins Hall parking lot will be used as a staging area for maintenance efforts.
Pedestrian traffic and parking will both be impacted.
Access to Hawkins will be allowed through three doors — two in front facing Beekman Street and one on the northwest corner of the building. If all runs smoothly, some of the fencing may come down at the start of the fall 2014 semester, Capital Project Manager Rick Larche said. However, exact dates are difficult to predict as there are always unknowns with site infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, because of safety issues, the fencing around the pond will need to remain in place until work on that site is completed late in the summer or early in the fall of 2015.
In summer 2015, a liner will be added to Hawkins Pond to conserve water and keep the pond filled year-round. A waterfall, as well as new plants, trees and shrubs will reconfigure the landscape. View a map of the new landscape. (PDF file size 2.7MB)
"The environmental science program will hopefully be able to use the landscape as a teaching tool given the native plant species being utilized," said Capital Project Manager Rick Larche. Much of the project comes down to conserving energy and improving efficiency, he added.
High temperature hot water utility lines will also be replaced in an area behind Harrington Hall. This construction is expected to be completed this summer and restored in time for the start of the fall semester.
Meanwhile, another construction project in Hawkins Hall will result in a renovated cafeteria and will allow Einstein Bros. Bagels to set up shop, serving students and faculty under the auspices of College Auxiliary Services.
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