While the new residence hall construction goes on full steam ahead and will provide 230 Carleton students with brand new living accommodations in September 2009, Carls are hardly the only ones benefiting from this project.
According to construction management firm Pegasus, the city of Northfield will capture fees totaling nearly $113,000 from the project. In addition, local companies Spencer Jones Landscape Architects, Gleason Trucking, Fastenal, Fox Landscaping, Waterford Oil, and McGhie & Betts, Inc., are all involved in various capacities on the project. Many contracts are yet to be awarded that may include other Northfield area contractors. The city will receive utility improvements for existing manholes on 1st Street, and some Northfield area workers are saving money by not having to travel to work, as they work for firms located outside Northfield but are assigned to this project closer to home.
On average there are currently around 30 workers on site per day, according to Pegasus owner’s representative Scott Banaszynsky, with an increase to roughly 50 workers on site per day for a six-month period as the project comes to a completion. Other businesses in the Northfield area are reaping the benefits of this large-scale construction project, from fuel being purchased for trucks and equipment to local restaurants noticing an increase in customers as project employees frequent local eateries.
Finally, Carleton is very conscious of the environmental impact of this project. Efforts are being made to ensure minimal damage occurs to the natural habitat around the project. The buildings themselves will be models of efficiency when completed. The College is shooting for LEED Gold certification by the United States Building Council. This process includes using a commissioning agent and energy consultant to guarantee the effectiveness of the mechanical systems. The certification also identifies that the products and materials being used for construction comply with strict regulations, relating to the how and where they are manufactured, as well as their sustainability.
The residence hall project is on schedule for a fall 2009 completion. The two new residence halls, one of which will be named Cassat Hall, will aid the College in returning more students to campus and reduce the number of students living off campus.