Construction Project Update

Posted: June 17, 2013

As you well know, thanks to the incredible generosity of an anonymous alumna who gifted the College with $5 million last year, we have broken ground on two important projects --- the first phase of the renovation of Cardinal Hall and the reconstruction of our athletic fields.

In early May, work began in Cardinal Hall. The project, which will transform the 1956 dining hall into a modern food-court style eatery and café, will be complete by the time our students return in mid-August.

In the last 4 weeks, the following progress has been made in Cardinal Hall:

  • Completed abatement of asbestos from old ceiling spaces
  • Completely gutted all interior ceilings and walls in areas to be renovated
  • Began reconstruction of new interior walls
  • Began new electrical, plumbing and mechanical work
  • Began demolition in preparation for installation of new roof

We anticipate that the following will be happening in the next few weeks:

  • Roof and rooftop mechanicals will be completed
  • Interior Plumbing and electrical installations will continue
  • Interior walls, including glass partitions, will be installed
  • Flooring installation will begin
  • Installation of kitchen equipment and casework will begin

During the third week of May, work began on our athletic fields to reposition our soccer/lacrosse (multi-purpose) field and our softball field, so that two games can be played simultaneously.

The first step of the project has been to remove the trees necessary for the repositioning of the fields. In accordance with the site plan approved by the Township, 72 trees will be removed from the site. At the end of the project, 134 trees will be replanted, along with extensive shrubbery, perennials and ground cover. We expect this phase of the project to be complete by early next week (depending on weather). At that point the contractors will begin to dismantle the current field facilities and move earth to prepare for the construction of the new fields. One of the final phases of the project will include the installation of lights, as approved by the Township.

This project will be complete in mid-August for our returning students

Last Updated: June 26, 2013