Construction update: East End completion still on track

Merry May Ma | Contributing Reporter

East End construction is on schedule for completion.

“Despite a challenging winter, progress continues, and the project is on track for substantial completion in May, in time for Commencement,” University Architect and Associate Vice Chancellor James Kolker wrote to Student Life. “The project team is looking forward to welcoming the campus community to the East End and celebrating the newly created spaces.”

Construction on the East End of Danforth Campus is on schedule to be completed in May 2019. Commencement will be held in Brookings Quadrangle and Tisch Park will be partially open.Nathalie Austin | Student Life

Construction on the East End of Danforth Campus is on schedule to be completed in May 2019. Commencement will be held in Brookings Quadrangle and Tisch Park will be partially open.

Kolker said that building occupants will be able to move into their new offices over the summer. Construction on McKelvey Hall, the new computer science and engineering building, will continue into fall 2020.

Sam Fox student senior Vanna Vu commented that the construction caused some mild troubles during her junior year when the East End began to destruct the doorways and certain pass-ways in 2018.

“I used to park my car in that parking lot, the one by Rudolph Hall. Since the parking lot is closed [due to construction], it is moderately inconvenient. And the Circulator used to go both directions, but now it only goes one way; so, back when I lived in the village, it would take 20 minutes to go to my classroom,” Vu said. “I think the most annoying thing is that seniors don’t get to see…the new art building and the new art museum.”

According to Director of Communications for Facilities Planning & Management Jane Kojima, 2019 Commencement will be held in Brookings per tradition.

“Commencement will be held in Brookings Quad, as is tradition,” Kojima wrote in a statement to Student Life. “The East End buildings will be substantially complete in time for Commencement, and Tisch Park will be open from Brookings steps to the McKelvey Hall building site. Brookings’ steps will be open for student photo opportunities.”

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