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New Residence Halls Near Completion

June 8, 2009

Carleton’s major building project, construction of two new residence halls that will return nearly 100 students to on-campus living from off-campus living arrangements, are in the final construction stages on track for a fall opening. Beginning in September 2009, Cassat and Memorial Halls will house approximately 230 students.

Cassat Hall is receiving its finishing coat of stucco and will be equipped with its elevator soon. Interior work continues with flooring installation and miscellaneous carpentry. On the exterior of the buildings, a new sidewalk over the tunnel is being installed and the construction company is setting precast gable caps on both buildings.

Preliminary planning on the Arts Union facility, located at the site of the former Northfield Middle School, continues. The College and its construction partners are finishing up design development drawings for a phase to begin occupying the building. The plan is to move some programs to the space with minimal renovation, making only safety improvements as needed. These plans will be presented to Carleton’s Board of Trustees for approval in October.

Summer is a busy time for Carleton’s facilities team to complete building maintenance and repairs. This year, the list of projects includes exterior work on a few of our older buildings—Leighton Hall, Willis Hall, and the Chapel. The work involves roof replacement, exterior stone/brick replacement, and mortar tuck-pointing. New windows will be installed in Goodsell Observatory, Myers Hall, and Old Music Hall.

This summer is also the beginning of a three-year plan to upgrade all campus elevators, which is mandated by state law. Elevators in Hulings, Mudd, Olin, Goodhue, Musser, Myers, and both elevators in Burton Hall are slated for upgrades this summer.

Other grounds projects include repairing some bridges in the Arboretum and the shoreline around the islands.
For more information or updates, please visit Carleton’s facilities website.