the celebration of the groundbreaking for the College of Humanities and Social
Sciences Building on Friday, November 1, the construction will begin.
To maintain a safe
construction area, the “footprint” of the building, which will be sited between
Clark and Sutton halls and facing Grant Street, will be fenced starting
Monday, November 4.
The fencing will mean
that access to Sutton Hall will be from the Oak Grove and East Porch entrances
only, as Grant Street will be closed from Eleventh Street to Pratt Drive. A
portion of Clark Hall parking lot also will be closed, as will South Drive from
Eleventh Street to the Sutton Circle.
South Drive will be
open from Pratt Drive to the circle, and will be two-way traffic; deliveries to
Sutton Hall are being routed to the Oak Grove entrances. Reserved parking and
handicapped parking along South Drive has been moved to the parking garage. Limited handicap parking is available on South Drive until further notice.
“We know that this is
a change in routine, and we ask for everyone’s patience as we begin
construction for our newest campus building,” Ray Wygonik, director of
Engineering and Construction, said. “We will do our very best to communicate any
changes in vehicular and pedestrian traffic and any disruptions to regular
campus operations as widely as possible and as soon as the work schedule is
Download a PDF showing the pedestrian route from the parking garage to Sutton Hall, shown above.
include posts to IUP Daily and to the Beak, postings to the website about the
project, Facebook and Twitter messages as appropriate, and, as needed,
Detour signs have
been placed around campus to help pedestrians and drivers get to their
destinations. Persons coming from the south side of campus, including from the
parking garage, will be routed past the library to the sidewalk between the IUP
Libraries and Fisher Auditorium to get to Sutton Hall and buildings in and
around the Oak Grove and on the north side of campus.
“Again, we know that
this is a change from normal walking patterns, but we hope that this change
becomes a new and pleasant routine for campus travelers,” Wygonik said.
The detour will add
about two minutes to a trip that formerly was made from south of the
construction area to the Oak Grove or from the parking garage past Clark Hall
to Sutton Hall.
The new building,
which will be home to the departments of English, Journalism, Political
Science, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Geography and Regional
Planning, will take 25 months to complete.
Learn more about the new Humanities Building.