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New dorm and quad are on schedule at St. Lawrence University

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CANTON — As summer heats up, so does the work at St. Lawrence University on its new residence hall and quad renovations.

Workers for the three companies responsible for the projects were out in force Tuesday putting a face on the latest of St. Lawrence’s campus buildings.

The construction schedule is nearing its final month, with completion dates set for Aug. 1 and 15 for the residence hall and quad, respectively.

“We’re still on schedule,“ university Chief Facilities Officer Daniel B. Seaman said Tuesday.

St. Lawrence plans to have the projects complete by the beginning of the fall semester.

Work on the exterior of the building is complete, leaving the interior work and exterior topsoil and planting jobs to be done, said Robert Hance, SLU’s manager of capital projects. Workers were busy with excavation and landscaping tasks on the quad and promenade Tuesday, while drywall work and painting of the first three floors continued.

Mr. Seaman said the fourth floor is virtually complete.

“We’re working from the top down,” he said.

Exterior excavation work is divided between two companies that both were busy Tuesday despite intermittent rain. Cory Wiscinski Excavating, Bernhards Bay, is responsible for the eastern grounds near the residence hall. Harvey Excavation Construction Co., Chase Mills, is handling the promenade near Richardson Hall.

Northland Associates is responsible for the dorm and quad.

“There’s a lot of activity going on around the exterior of the building as well, especially on the quad side. We’ve finished the main grading on the east side between the residence hall and Noble, and we’ve finished preparing the site for pouring the concrete walkway,” Mr. Seaman said.

Mr. Hance said the third floor is nearly complete, down to the paint and flooring. Flooring continues on the second floor, while drywall is up on the first floor and should be ready for painting by the end of the week.

“We’re also flushing the geothermal system and are close to having that hooked up,” Mr. Seaman said. “We should be able to take advantage of some cooling from the system over the summer.”

The heat pumps for each room — equipment that is designed to circulate water for temperature regulation — were being turned on, Mr. Hance said. Each room has a dedicated pump.

Light posts destined for the expanded quad were being unwrapped to be installed within the next few days, Mr. Hance said.

“They’ll be installing the conduit so we have lighting on the plaza in the center of the promenade, and we’ll have power to hold small events on the quad once it’s complete,” Mr. Seaman said.

Fundraising is ongoing for these projects. The total amount raised stands at just over $7.1 million for the $14 million dorm and its accompanying $1.27 million quad, said Lisa M. Cania, SLU vice president of community and employee relations.

“Fundraising is a marathon, not a sprint,“ she said.

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