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Wesleyan to Construct Renewed Public Affairs Center, Art Gallery

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Construction will begin on the renewed Public Affairs Center in June 2021. (Illustration courtesy of Newman Architects)

Construction will soon begin on an interdisciplinary space in the heart of Wesleyan’s campus.

On June 1, Wesleyan will break ground on a renovated and expanded Public Affairs Center (PAC) and new art gallery located between the east end of Olin Library and the campus walkway behind Judd Hall.

The project involves a complete remodel of the current PAC building, which was constructed in 1927 as a dormitory; demolition of its east and west additions, which were added in 1954; and removal of the concrete and brick plaza, constructed in 1984.

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Students will travel through the PAC addition and the remodeled building through a multi-functioning space called “the forum.” (Illustration courtesy of Newman Architects)

A new, three-story brick structure, designed by Newman Architects, will be built atop of the former plaza site. It will connect to the remodeled PAC through an airy, multifunction, glass-walled space—known as the forum—that will provide access to the social sciences and study areas. Combined with the updated Public Affairs Center, the new facility will house 15 classrooms, 67 faculty offices, six meeting rooms, two lounges, and ample open space with seating and gathering areas. The top floor of the new addition will house the College for Social Studies main office and library, and access to a small courtyard on the roof.

After three months of abatement and demolition, groundbreaking for the new building will begin next fall.

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The new art gallery building will be built with limestone blocks, similar to the material used in the Center for the Arts complex. (Illustration courtesy of Peterson Rich Office)

Designed by Peterson Rich Office, the new art gallery will be constructed simultaneously with the PAC remodel and addition. It will be located between the PAC and Olin Library and will contain a gallery for displaying pieces from the Davison Art Center’s collection and faculty and student installations. The new space will be accessible through the PAC and the walkways in front of, and behind Olin Library.

The new gallery building will complement the 2018 renovations already made to Olin Library. Ultimately, the DAC art collection will move to Olin.

The building will be constructed with limestone blocks to pay homage to the Center for the Arts complex. It will feature a glass-walled lobby, an outdoor teaching courtyard, an exterior forecourt gathering space, and an expansive gallery for exhibitions.

Both the gallery and Public Affairs Center addition will be extremely energy efficient, featuring green roofs, radiant ceilings and floors, displacement ventilation, sensor-controlled LED lighting, solar power panels, and low-maintenance native landscaping.

Classes will resume in the renewed PAC in Spring 2024.

A new, 193,00 square-foot science center would replace Hall Atwater Laboratory. (Illustration courtesy of Payette Architects)

A new, 193,000 square-foot science center would replace Hall Atwater Laboratory. (Illustration courtesy of Payette Architects)

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Shanklin would be restored, and house the College of the Environment, as part of the new sciences proposal. (Illustration courtesy of Newman Architects)

Wesleyan also is finalizing plans for a new science building, which is under review by Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees. If approved, the project could launch in 2023 and be completed by 2026.

The proposed 193,000 square-foot-facility would be built east of Shanklin and Hall-Atwater Laboratories, and nestled between Church Street and Lawn Avenue. Designed by Payette Architects, the modernized building would replace the 56-year-old Hall-Atwater Laboratory, and include 39 research and support labs, nine teaching labs, 10 classrooms, a vivarium, renovated greenhouse, outdoor spaces, and the Advanced Instrumentation Lab.

The Departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry will move out of Hall-Atwater and Shanklin and he housed in the new building.

In addition, the historic Shanklin building, which was dedicated in 1928 as the Shanklin Laboratory of Biology, would be preserved and restored under the recent proposal. Construction, including a regrading project, would begin in 2026 and will be completed by 2028. The College of the Environment will move to the renovated space and occupy the second and third floors. The Center for Integrated Sciences will occupy the first floor.

The entire site would feature a network of accessible pathways and formal and informal gathering spaces linking Exley and Science Library with Shanklin and the new science building.

All projects will help modernize Wesleyan’s current programs and allow faculty and students to be equipped with better teaching and learning facilities. The projects are being funded through institutional funds and private support.

Wesleyan Invests in the Future of Campus

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In early 2020, the University is planning for a $75 million bond issue which will support construction on the Public Affairs Center.

Wesleyan’s physical campus plays an important role in the distinctive residential liberal arts education it offers students. Facilities planning has been a focus on campus recently, with major upgrades in the works for the academic buildings housing Wesleyan’s art, social science, and science programs.

“Our work on campus involves modernizing, upgrading, and, in some cases, expanding our core academic centers. These facilities will be transformed into spaces where courageous faculty and students can activate their ideas to make a difference in the world,” said President Michael Roth ’78. “We are taking steps now to ensure Wesleyan is a high-impact university for decades to come.”

Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore Construction Is Underway

The new Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, located at 413 Main Street, is under construction and is due to open in May.

The new Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, located at 413 Main Street, is under construction and is due to open in May. Pictured is an illustration of the completed bookstore provided by Northeast Collaborative Architects of Middletown.

The new Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, located at 413 Main Street, is under construction and is due to open in May. The bookstore will be operated by R.J. Julia Booksellers, the nationally-known independent bookstore in Madison, Conn.

The bookstore will be operated by RJ Julia Booksellers, the nationally-known independent bookstore in Madison, Conn.

Siry Recalls the Design and Construction of Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts

Professor Joe Siry stands outside in the Center for the Arts Complex on Oct. 17.

Professor Joe Siry stands outside in the Center for the Arts Complex on Oct. 17.

(By Jim H. Smith)

For more than 30 years, Joseph Siry, the Kenan Professor of the Humanities, professor of art history, has had a love affair with Wesleyan’s iconic Center for the Arts, one of the great modernist architectural achievements in New England.

“For me, it has been exceptionally helpful, psychologically, to work in and be around these buildings,” Siry said. The 11 modernist limestone buildings were little more than a decade old when he joined the faculty.

Designed and built by the prominent Connecticut architectural firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, the Center was Wesleyan’s first major building to depart from the neoclassical and neomedieval buildings that dominated the campus. The departure was striking and, when the Center opened, in 1973, struck many observers as radically discordant with the classical architectural ethic that had prevailed at Wesleyan since the university was founded, in 1831.
Inspired by the 40th anniversary celebration of the Center, organized two years ago by Pamela Tatge, former director of the Center, Siry decided to chronicle the Center’s development from its design, in 1965, until it opened. His meticulously researched and richly detailed account, “Roche and Dinkeloo’s Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University: Classical, Vernacular and Modernist Architecture in the 1960s,” was published in the September issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.

College Row Receives Safer Sidewalk Replacement

The new asphalt path on College Row is 13-feet wide.

The new asphalt path on College Row is 13-feet wide.

On July 16, Physical Plant began spearheading a College Row sidewalk replacement project. After removing the existing concrete sidewalk, that spans from Church Street to Wyllys Avenue, contractors installed a 13-foot-wide asphalt path that will accommodate large groups of people, such as campus tours. The existing path was 8-feet-wide.

“This sidewalk has a large amount of foot traffic all year round,” said Wesleyan grounds manager Rob Borman. “The concrete sidewalks around campus also have shown considerable decay, primarily due to salt use in winter.”

The wider sidewalk also will allow grounds maintenance staff to remove snow faster and easier by using a larger machine.

Asphalt, which is 100 percent recyclable, also can be milled and resurfaced easily. The black color will help melt snow and ice faster.

“The new surface will be much safer during the winter season,” Borman added.

Phase two of the project will include the installation of seating areas adjacent to the sidewalk near North College.

(Photos by Laurie Kenney)

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Wesleyan Works on Utilities Infrastructure Improvements, Landscaping Projects this Summer

Physical Plant-Facilities recently enhanced the area in front of Weshop.

Physical Plant-Facilities recently enhanced the area in front of Weshop.

This summer, crews around campus are hard at work on several major maintenance and capital projects designed to support Wesleyan’s ultimate goal of creating a more interconnected and sustainable campus.

Physical Plant-Facilities seeks to foster a synergistic residential and academic experience by creating visual and functional transparency between indoor and outdoor spaces, preserving and enhancing opportunities for informal learning, improving formal learning spaces, showcasing learning and living in action, and integrating learning opportunities with Middletown.

Landscaping projects include replacing the sidewalk in front of College Row, from Wyllys Avenue to Church Street, with a 15-foot-wide asphalt path featuring four seating vignettes; landscape improvements at Andrus Field; landscape renovation, including an outdoor learning space at the Center for the Humanities; Cross Street sidewalk replacement between Fountain Street and Pine Street; and sidewalk replacement throughout the Foss Hill complex, including steam line replacement on High Street; hot and chilled water piping replacement at the Center for the Arts; main electrical equipment replacement at Olin Memorial Library; and transformer replacement at Judd Hall.

Other projects include renovations at Pi Café; waterproofing and new flooring at the Bacon Field House; new academic and office space for the Center for Pedagogical Innovations at 116 Mount Vernon Street; laboratory renovations at Hall-Atwater, Exley Science Center, and Judd Hall; and the replacement of the penthouse roof at Exley Science Center.

All projects are scheduled for completion before the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Several major maintenance and capital projects are taking place on the Wesleyan campus this summer.

Several major maintenance and capital projects are taking place on the Wesleyan campus this summer.

Construction, Campus Renovations Ongoing this Summer

The Memorial Chapel and 92 Theater received a foam insulation application to above the attics to reduce humidity infiltration and provide improved HVAC control and consistency. Contractors are also painting the chapel's exterior wood sills and clock tower section this summer.

This summer, construction crews are painting the Memorial Chapel’s exterior wood sills and applying foam insulation in the attics to reduce humidity infiltration.

Dozens of major maintenance projects are underway this summer at Wesleyan.

According to Roseann Sillasen, project manager for Physical Plant-Facilities, the renovations will affect several buildings on campus.

The Davison Health Center is receiving a window restoration and solarium window replacement. The project includes restoration of existing wood sashes with new insulated glass to match current historic profiles.

The Sign House, at 64 Lawn Avenue is under construction this summer.

The Sign House, at 64 Lawn Avenue is under construction this summer.

Several wood-framed student homes are receiving upgrades. 132 High Street, 84 Home Avenue, 118 Knowles Avenue and 10 Fountain Avenue are receiving kitchen and bathroom renovations, electrical upgrades, interior paint, floor finishes and porch work. The Sign House, at 64 Lawn Avenue is getting new vinyl siding, porch repairs, a new roof, gutters and paint. 148 Church Street is receiving new windows and porch decking. The Gingerbread House at 202 Washington Street and 344, 346, 356 Washington Street are receiving fire sprinkler additions and upgrades.

Shanklin Laboratory is receiving roof repairs and restoration work. The job involves restoration and painting of the existing ornamental moulding, soffit, balusters, dormer windows and trim.

Shanklin Laboratory is receiving roof repairs and restoration work. The job involves restoration and painting of the existing ornamental moulding, soffit, balusters, dormer windows and trim.

Roofing repairs and replacements are being conducted at the Freeman Athletic Center-Bacon Field House, Shanklin Laboratory, Hall Atwater, 73 Lawn Avenue, 169 High Street, 42 Miles Avenue and Lowrise 10.

Several classrooms are receiving new furnishings, finishes, lighting and other maintenance. They include Exley Science Center 405, Anthropology 006, Crowell Concert Hall, Art Studio North, Allbritton 004, Judd 116, Romance Language B2, and 41 Wyllys 114. Music Studios 025 and Rehearsal Hall 001 will receive new acoustic doors.

Lighting upgrades also are being made in Bennet Hall, Butterfield Residences A, B and C, Crowell Concert Hall, World Music Hall, Art Studio North, the CFA Hall, Zilkha Gallery, Memorial Chapel, Clark Hall, the Fauver Residences, Foss Hill Residences, Freeman Athletic Center, Exley Science Center, North College, Usdan, the 92 Theater and the parking lot located at 170 Long Lane.

The Memorial Chapel and 92 Theater received a foam insulation application to above the attics to reduce humidity infiltration and provide improved HVAC control and consistency. Contractors are also painting the chapel’s exterior wood sills and clock tower section this summer.

Installation of the steam and condensate return pipe began on May 27.

Installation of the steam and condensate return pipe began on May 27.

Physical Plant-Facilities also is overseeing the installation of steam and condensate return piping from Olin Library to the Freeman Athletic Center. The route runs along an underground tunnel between Olin and Clark Hall to the intersection of Pine and Church Streets, then through the backyards between Pine and Fountain Avenue, across Fountain, across Warren Street and due south along Warren into Freeman. The run is about 2,000 feet long. In addition, campus is receiving a major electrical loop replacement, ongoing through Aug. 30.

The student organization WILD Wes is working on a permaculture project at the Butterfield Courtyard near Summerfields.

The student organization WILD Wes is working on a permaculture project at the Butterfield Courtyard near Summerfields.

The student organization WILD Wes is working on a permaculture project at the Butterfield Courtyard near Summerfields. Students have installed terraced mulched beds and planted several herbs, flowers and shrubs in the beds. WILD Wes students are also working on weeding and updating the West Co. Courtyard garden. Pavers are planned to be placed in the mulched walkways.

 

Steam Pipe Construction Ongoing Throughout Summer

This summer, Physical Plant-Facilities is overseeing the installation of steam and condensate return piping from Olin Library to the Freeman Athletic Center. The route runs along an underground tunnel between Olin and Clark Hall to the intersection of Pine and Church Streets, then through the backyards between Pine and Fountain Streets, across Fountain Street, across Warren Street and due south along Warren into Freeman. The run is about 2,000 feet long.

This summer, Physical Plant-Facilities is overseeing the installation of steam and condensate return piping from Olin Library to the Freeman Athletic Center. The route runs along an underground tunnel between Olin and Clark Hall to the intersection of Pine and Church Streets, then through the backyards between Pine and Fountain Avenue, across Fountain, across Warren Street and due south along Warren into Freeman. The run is about 2,000 feet long.

Physical Plant bid the project in late 2013 and purchased the pipe in early 2014. The pipe is manufactured by Perma-Pipe Systems and is welded and insulated at each joint with a closure jacket of insulation.  The steam pipe is 8" from Olin to Fountain then 6" to Freeman, the condensate pipe is 4" the entire route. 

Physical Plant bid the project in late 2013 and purchased the pipe in early 2014. The pipe is manufactured by Perma-Pipe Systems and is welded and insulated at each joint with a closure jacket of insulation. Installation of the steam and condensate return pipe began on May 27. Installation from Olin to the corner of Pine and Church will be complete by June 12 with work in Church Street estimated to begin on June 16.

Physical Plant Staff Spearheading Summer Campus Renovations, Projects

As part of Wesleyan's major maintenance projects this summer, Physical Plant- Facilities staff and local contractors inspected the manholes and made repairs to an underground piping system. On Aug. 7, crews discovered a failed drain line, which may be the cause of leaking vapors, visible during the colder months.

As part of Wesleyan’s major maintenance projects this summer, Physical Plant- Facilities staff and local contractors inspected the manholes and made repairs to an underground piping system. On Aug. 7, crews discovered a failed drain line, which may be the cause of leaking vapors, visible during the colder months.

While students are away, there’s no time for play, if you’re on the Physical Plant – Facilities staff.

“The day students move out of their campus residences, we get to work,” said Roseann Sillasen, associate director and project manager for Physical Plant – Facilities. “We get as many projects done as possible while students and faculty are away for the summer.”

Summer projects began early with replacement of the 22-year-old Andersen track at the Freeman Athletic Center. The project included an installation of a new synthetic turf field for inclement-weather games and practice field, taking pressure off the grass practice fields and Jackson Field, the principal playing field for men’s and women’s soccer as well as men’s lacrosse.  The track is expected to be completed on Sept. 3.

Contractors fill areas near The Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall and Crowell Concert Hall after replacing several sections of 40-year-old underground steamline piping.

Contractors fill areas near The Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall and Crowell Concert Hall after replacing several sections of 40-year-old underground steamline piping.

On May 28 work began on a mechanical system replacement inside the Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall. This project included the consolidation of mechanical rooms, installation of a heat pump and exterior dry cooler, perimeter landscaping, tree relocation within the CFA, a new acoustic entry door to Rehearsal Hall 013 and new acoustic doors in the corridor that separates Rehearsal Hall from Crowell Concert Hall. Also on May 28, work began on the Davison Art Center’s Alsop House. The veranda received new wood decking, framing and painting. The veranda’s metal pan roof is in the process of being replaced.

On June 3, crews began renovations on the Religion Department and the Center for the Humanities. Both buildings received wall repairs, fresh paint, lights and carpet. The Center for the Americas received a porch replacement, window restoration, roof repairs and replacement of the ADA-approved entrance with composite decking.

Trees Rescued, Replanted During Steamline Replacement

Crews used a mechanical tree spade to transplant a 20-year-old maple tree on Aug. 6.

Crews used a mechanical tree spade to transplant a 20-year-old maple tree on Aug. 6.

During the months of August and September, contractors are replacing the underground steamlines between Fayerweather and Foss 10. This process requires significant excavation, and unfortunately, two trees stood in the path of destruction.

“These are perfectly healthy trees,” said Dave Hall, ground and events manager. “We couldn’t just let them die.”

On Aug. 6, Hall hired a tree specialist to remove the two trees from Foss Hill and relocate them to the Center for the Arts courtyard. The contractor used a mechanical tree spade to pierce the earth and extract the trees and their root-balls, which measure about 6-feet-wide and 5-feet-deep.

A copper beech, rescued from construction on Foss Hill, found a new home near the World Music Hall.

A copper beech, rescued from construction on Foss Hill, found a new home near the World Music Hall.

Crews transplanted a 20-year-old maple to a grassy area between the Davison Health Center and Davison Art Center. A 15-to-20 year-old copper beech found a new home near World Music Hall.

“This beech is going to turn bright red in the fall. It’s going to be very pretty,” Hall said. “You’d never know it wasn’t growing here for years.”

Another rescued birch, acquired from an earlier job near the CFA’s Rehearsal Hall, also was transplanted near the Music Studios and South Studio.

Planting aftercare includes a daily water dousing.

The new underground piping will exit the south east corner of Foss 10 and travel to the northwest corner of the west section of parking lot E (adjoining Fayerweather). From there, it will travel around the perimeter of the parking lot and terminate at an existing manhole just behind Fayerweather.

The parking lot will remain open during construction and travel along Wyllys Avenue and Mt. Vernon Street will not be restricted. A construction fence will separate the work area from the parking lot.

During the first three weeks of construction, the sidewalks on the south end of Foss 10 (from Van Vleck Observatory to Wyllys) will be closed. Work will begin at Foss 10 and progress to Fayerweather.

 

 

Dance Department Moving to Cross Street in January

The former AME Zion Church on Cross Street is being remodeled this summer. Next January, it will house the Dance Department.

The former AME Zion Church on Cross Street is being remodeled this summer. The Dance Department will occupy the space in January 2014.

In January 2014, the Dance Department will move from its space in the Center for the Arts to a new studio and office space on Cross Street. This will allow Dance Department faculty and students to be closer to the Bessie Schönberg dance studio on Pine Street.

Construction at 160 Cross Street commenced July 9 with asbestos abatement and demolition of the interior finishes and walls. Interior framing begins Aug. 5. According to Alan Rubacha, director of Physical Plant, construction will be completed this fall.

Dance Department faculty and students are currently using two studios and other shared spaces. Some dance faculty are sharing offices due to the lack of space.

The new venue will house offices for all dance faculty. It will also create an opportunity for more dance performances since the studio will be equipped for lighting instruments, making it a suitable production space. With this multipurpose new space, the dance department will be more able to accommodate present and future student enrollment in dance classes, teaching and research of new dance technologies, and performances of student work, faculty directed concerts, and visiting artists and scholars.

The building, which neighbors Neon Deli and the Freeman Athletic Center, was constructed in 1978 by the AME Zion Church. The congregation has since moved to a new location on West Street. Wesleyan’s Cross Street Archeology Laboratory occupied the building’s basement for several years. On July 8, the lab relocated to a space inside the Physical Plant building on Long Lane.

The Theater Department will occupy the former CFA Dance Department space.