Tech construction not yet complete

Christina Salter

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Though the renovations to the Technological Institute’s Sheridan Road entrance appear to be finished, a few details have yet to be completed.

Debris from construction and leftover materials have largely been removed, but the third phase of construction to Tech’s west entrance plaza, 2145 Sheridan Rd., will likely wrap up in May, said Project Manager Kory Burton.

The project, which began in summer 2008 and was originally scheduled to finish in December, includes new bicycle parking areas, landscaping, kiosks for student flyers and accessible ramps. According to the project description, the renovations will “improve accessibility, provide improved areas for social interactions and a greater sensitivity to the original building architecture.”

The project is “mostly finished” but still requires minor touches and landscaping, Burton said.

Some students and professors said the ongoing construction at Tech has been an inconvenience.

“It’s kind of noisy but you learn to live with it,” said civil engineering graduate student Christian Hoover.

Work on the addition of a fifth story to Tech is scheduled to begin in June 2009 and finish in 2011. The project will add 54,000 square feet for labs and offices for the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ life science-related departments.

In addition, construction of the Richard and Barbara Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics and Diagnostics, which began in summer 2007, is scheduled for completion this fall. The building, located at 2150 Campus Dr., is connected to the Center For Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly and the Pancoe-Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Life Sciences Pavilion. The building will have five floors and provide a collaborative space for the study of chemistry, biology and engineering.