CANTON As construction of St. Lawrence Universitys $13 million residence hall nears completion, the university has decided to spruce up the quad outside with a $1.27 million renovation.
The outdoor area is constructed on a slope and surrounded by campus buildings. There is about a 20-foot difference between one side of the quad and the other.
The college hired Saratoga Associates, Saratoga Springs, to study potential improvements to the area.
They looked at that space and said its not being utilized to its full capacity, said college spokesman Ryan P. Deuel.
The renovation will split the quad into two areas: a small promenade near the Gunnison Memorial Chapel with steps leading down to the large central area.
This allows the college to level out the incline. The large area will be about the size of a football field, with a barely noticeable slope.
The quad will also be enlarged. The college will remove a roadway and parking area near the chapel to make room for more green space, adding about 8,000 square feet.
A small number of extra parking spaces will be added near the chapel to compensate for the removed area.
Work on the quad is expected to progress quickly. The renovation will start in the spring, and is scheduled to be completed before the fall semester.
Crews from Northland Associates Inc., Liverpool, will renovate the quad while finishing work on the 150-bed residence hall.
The project will be funded through St. Lawrence Universitys capital budget and donations, as was the residence hall.
Workers are currently finishing the roof of the hall, which will open in time for next semester. The student housing will be heated and cooled by geothermal wells.
Meanwhile, the college continues to plan repairs to the chapel, the steeple of which was destroyed by an electrical fire in October. Much of the interior of the chapel suffered water damage as firefighters quenched the blaze, according to Mr. Deuel.
The college is expected to hire several different contractors to perform various restoration projects on the 88-year-old building.