April 12, 2001
Vol. 20 No. 14

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    Construction site will go up April 18 in Science Quad

    By Peter Schuler
    News Office

    The first step in the construction of the Advanced Research Building in the Science Quadrangle begins Wednesday, April 18, when construction fencing will be installed around the site. Demolition of the first of three existing structures will begin at the end of April, starting with Phemister Hall and Whitman Laboratory, and continuing with the Visual Sciences Center. “After this demolition, construction will be ongoing for three years and will cause some restrictions in access through and around the Science Quad,” said Meredith Mack, Director of Facilities Services.

    All construction areas will be fenced off for safety. Pedestrians traveling between the Biological Sciences Learning Center and the Medical Center will not be able to use the shortcut through the Science Quad and will be rerouted along Drexel or Ellis avenues. Access to the Science Quad and the John Crerar Library will be available from Ellis Avenue. “There will be some inconvenience while the ARB is under construction, but we’ll do our best to reopen pedestrian access as soon as we can,” Mack said.

    By Monday, July 2, Phemister Hall, Whitman Laboratory and the Visual Sciences Center will be demolished to make way for the new building.