Construction Steadily Moves Along on Campus

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Published September 8, 2016
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Construction at Montclair State steadily progressed throughout the summer. Photo credit: Therese Sheridan
Construction at Montclair State steadily progressed throughout the summer. Photo credit: Therese Sheridan

Construction at Montclair State steadily progressed throughout the summer.
Photo credit: Therese Sheridan

Over the summer, Montclair State University underwent sidewalk construction on different parts of the campus. Curbs, sidewalks, and reachable ramps were reconstructed or restored, depending on the severity of the damage. The repairs started on August 19, 2016, and was projected to continue through the week.

The new School of Communication has been under construction for over one year. This construction site is currently occupying the most space on campus. It will be the largest development on campus. The assembly of this state-of-the-art building is expected to continue shortly into the new year.

“I’m pretty excited to see the progress of the new School of Communication. I feel it’s a vital part to have the resources needed to thrive in a particular major. It will definitely assist in the success of the students,“ said Michi Brown, a sophomore Theatre Studies major.

The new School of Communication building is slated to open its doors for the 2017 Spring semester. Photo credit: Therese Sheridan

The new School of Communication building is slated to open its doors for the 2017 Spring semester.
Photo credit: Therese Sheridan

Certain areas on campus have been blocked off, but detours are in place to give pedestrians alternative options to access certain buildings. Students are forced to navigate around fenced areas and detours to access certain buildings on campus.

Roadway edges at the front entrance of Lot 19 were repaired, due to its condition. Also, the curb ramps beside Webster Road next to the Student Recreation Center and The Heights underwent maintenance as well.

Also, the disability ramps were fixed by Sinatra Hall. Neighboring sidewalks next to Russ Hall were repaired. The campus repairs were successfully completed last month, just in time before the new semester arrived.

“It’s good to see that the university values the appearance of the campus and about students with physical disadvantages,” said Toney Graves, a junior Political Science major.

“I really wish more of the construction had been accomplished before the school opened, for the sake of the students because it pretty difficult trying to navigate around campus,” said Hunter Jones, Principal Library Assistant in the multimedia department at Harry A. Sprague Library.

Construction of Partridge Hall is scheduled for completion this fall.

Finally, renovation of the campus softball stadium was successfully completed this year. New ground work was done to the field, old seats were removed and replaced and the fencing was changed, which gives the outfield more depth. The interior and exterior of the building was painted over, a visual image, lettering, and slogans were all added to the venue. The entire stadium was revamped and has been utilized several times since the completion of renovation ended.

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