Multiple campus construction projects in Evanston and Chicago are underway this fall.
Parts of Northwestern’s Garrett Parking Lot will be under construction for most of Fall Quarter and may limit parking for students. Once finished, the parking lot entrance, which will be dubbed Northwestern Place, will serve as a central access point to the Evanston campus.
“Right now there are two separate lanes to enter and exit,” said Bonnie Humphrey, director of design and construction at NU Facilities Management. “This will be united into a single entrance to allow the city to install a traffic light available.”
Two additions to the Technological Institute are also in the works. According to Humphrey, the project, which aims to build more office spaces and research areas, has been in progress for over a year. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
Some NU students said they are frustrated by the construction on the Evanston campus.
“It’s kind of a hindrance that it just started when school started,” Weinberg sophomore Ellen Groble said. “I was working here the whole summer and it was irritating seeing nothing happen over the summer, but right when there was an influx of students, that’s when the construction and roadblocks apart.”
NU’s Chicago campus will also get to see renovations. According to Jay Baehr, senior project manager at Facilities Management, plans are being made to begin renovations of research labs at the Feinberg School of Medicine. At the School of Law, Turner Construction has been restoring classrooms and office space since the summer.
Baehr said both schools had facilities that needed updates.
“The medical school is a continuously changing research environment,” he said. “The law school had aging facilities.”
Construction on the medical school has yet to start, but work on the law school should be completed in two months, Baehr said.