New science building opens in Fall 2012
After the May 21 groundbreaking that kicked off construction of the new Science Center, the stone staircase outside New London Hall was dismantled and the sculpture outside the building, Synergy, was moved to storage for safekeeping during construction. In addition, a 500-foot well was drilled into Tempel Green to determine if geothermal energy would be viable for the Science Center. Data was collected over the course of several weeks. It was analyzed, the system deemed feasible, and installation began at the end of October.
Various sidewalks were closed and reopened when necessary, while some roads remained closed to motor traffic throughout the summer, including:
- The road from the Harkness Chapel intersection to the South Parking Lot intersection. This area is also fenced in and closed to pedestrian traffic.
- The road between New London Hall and Olin Science Center.
- The section of road to the east of Morrison, Lambdin and Hamilton Houses, as well as the parking lot outside these houses.
- The road from the intersection near Strider House leading to Becker House. This includes an area in front of Winthrop Hall and Winthrop Annex which is fenced in and closed to pedestrian traffic.
Access to buildings near fenced construction areas will be available throughout construction, but staff and visitors may have to make their way around the fenced areas to enter those buildings.