Detours Set to Facilitate Construction of Humanities Building

Posted on 10/30/2013 3:25:15 PM

Immediately following 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 confirmed.”

Pedestrian walking route to Sutton from the Parking Garage

Download a PDF showing the pedestrian route from the parking garage to Sutton Hall, shown above.

Communications will 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, campuswide e-mails.

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.