April 07, 2020

Facilities staff and contractors continue to advance design and construction projects even during the coronavirus pandemic. Their essential role supports keeping buildings and grounds safe, secure, clean, and functional. Mission critical maintenance and capital projects remain active, and staff overseeing them have adapted by utilizing online meeting platforms, observing social distancing requirements, and rotating shifts. Some highlights of our ongoing work are shown below.

Campus Energy Project – Phase 2

The third and final cooling tower was lifted into place at the end of March 2020 — a milestone for the project and our contractor, Whiting-Turner.

Construction crews continue “the dig” for the installation of distribution piping that will deliver hot and chilled water to individual buildings. Nearly all campus facilities will be connected to the central boilers in the Power Plant for heating by the Fall of 2020. 

Dining Commons

The architect-engineer team, led by Perkins-Eastman, is nearly complete with their detailed construction documents phase. Construction contractor Manhattan is engaging with subcontractors, pressing forward through the permitting process, and overseeing utility relocations. Construction of the building foundation begins this summer. (Read more about the Dining Commons.)

Architectural rendering of new dining hall 

New Residence Hall

Design development on the new residence hall continues with Perkins-Eastman. Pre-construction involvement by Manhattan Construction gives us real-time feedback on cost and constructability. The project teams are pursuing panelized structural and façade systems that can be fabricated in an off-site facility, trucked to the site and erected safely and efficiently. (Read more about the new residence hall.)

3D diagram of new residence hall

Conway School of Nursing

Selection of an architect-engineer team to provide design services is underway. The University is interviewing several potential firms in mid-April, with a decision targeted for the end of the month. (Read more about the new nursing building.)

Sign on site of future Conway School of Nursing building

Caldwell Exterior Phase 2:  Seton Wing Façade Repairs and Window Replacement

Phase 1 of the Caldwell Exterior project (restoration/replacement of windows and doors on Caldwell main) took place over Summer 2019. Mobilization for Phase 2, which addresses the exterior of the Seton Wing, began at the end of March. Voith and Mactavish Architects are reviewing shop drawings while Patner Construction is erecting scaffolding.

Scaffolding outside Caldwell Hall

Crough Exterior Improvements

The Crough Center for Architectural Studies is getting a facelift this spring. The stucco façade is being repaired and cleaned. In addition, several exterior doors will be replaced and handrails at the front entrance will be replaced.

Scaffolding outside the Crough Center

Water Line Replacements and Upgrades

Work has commenced on replacing deteriorating domestic water lines and expanding the system to support the addition of sprinkler systems designed in many of our Fire/Life Safety projects. Crews are currently working along Harewood Road.

Workers installing water line outside Leahy Hall

Donation of Personal Protective Equipment

In collaboration with the Conway School of Nursing, Facilities’ Environmental Health and Safety department donated 120 N99 masks, 20 biosafety spill kits, and 1,100 surgical masks to Holy Cross Hospital. (Read more about the donation.)

PPE materials in the back of a car


Custodial Services continues touch-point cleaning throughout campus facilities that house essential staff working to keep the University operational. Signage with social distancing and cleanliness guidelines are posted in common spaces.

Sign hanging on door indicating it has been cleaned

Landscaping Featured in Red Video

Lead Landscape Maintenance Technician Jose Zarate made a cameo appearance in Red’s “We’ll Be Here to Welcome You” video.