Messages from Facilities to the campus and community on capital projects.
The newly constructed tennis courts behind Van Winkle are complete and ready for competition. Athletic teams will start competition at the end of March on the courts. Demolition of Peavy Hall has been completed and concrete foundation for the new addition will continue through the month of March. After the concrete foundation is complete, steel framing will commence in March as the overall shape of the facility becomes more clearly visible. Steel construction is scheduled to be competed by mid-May and will include a topping off ceremony once the final piece of steel is lifted into place.
Renovations to the existing Webster Center will begin after commencement in May and include updates to the locker rooms and Staake lobby. As a result, much of the Webster Center will be off-line for the summer.
As scheduled, the demolition of Peavey Hall has started and is expected to be completed before the end of December. This work will require intermittent stopping of traffic along College Drive at the BRAC construction site to allow trucks to safely exit from the site.
In addition, new, permanent street lighting along College Drive at the Knight Parking Lot will be installed, and the Webster Parking Lot has been closed, with visitors needing to park at parking deck and follow the construction detour signage to access the building.
A new, improved music system, new rubber flooring with an area of synthetic turf, new mirrors, and fresh coat of paint have been completed in the Lunder Fitness Center. All new Sorinex strength racks have been installed.
Athletic Department office renovations are being completed to be ready for the start of the academic year.
New tennis courts behind Van Winkle Hall are under construction. Pouring of the concrete for the tennis courts is currently underway, to be followed soon by lighting and seating installation. The new courts will provide a first-rate surface experience for our varsity teams, recreational athletes, and summer programs. The courts will be enhanced with court-side bleacher seating as well as additional seating areas in an elevated area outside the fence. Hours of use will be extended with the addition of lighting on all courts. We expect to have the new courts functional and available for community use by spring 2018.
Construction fence will be installed in the upcoming weeks. The sidewalk on College Drive will be fenced off and pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the Malloy Hall side of College Drive. Also, the crosswalk and walking paths from the Babson College Executive Conference Center garage will shift to make way for the construction site. Signage will be posted to direct walking traffic. Pedestrian access through the Webster Center from the Webster Parking Lot and from the Horn Library side of the building will be maintained throughout the coming academic year, though parking in the Webster Center lot will be reduced by 22 spaces throughout construction.
The main parking lot next to the existing tennis court will have reduced parking spaces, as the construction fencing is installed.
New flooring and strength machines will be installed in the Lunder Fitness Center. Free weight training will not be available during this time, but Life Fitness machines will be positioned near squash courts during this period for those interested.
With main office suite renovations starting in June, Athletics staff will be displaced to temporary office spaces in the Reynolds Center, the Babson Skating Center and various Webster Center locations. Extension 4250 will remain the main connect number throughout. Athletics staff is anticipated to return to the main office suite area in early August.