Construction Roundup


Photography by Robert P. Hernandez

Campus Improvements

1Designing a Science Building
A new science building will soon take its place on the Colby Green, as the College looks to provide more and better space for computer science, mathematics, and psychology—all growing majors.

The new building is slated to open in the fall of 2010, according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Edward Yeterian. To be located next to the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, the new science building will be across the green from the Diamond Building, which opened in 2007.

The three departments have outgrown their quarters in Mudd (mathematics and computer science) and Roberts (psychology) and are in need of improved facilities to provide a state-of-the-art educational experience in their disciplines. Plans are for the new 30,000-square-foot building to house faculty offices and student research space, classrooms, a computer laboratory, and informal study and gathering spaces. Yeterian said relocating psychology will also enable the College to move ahead with plans to convert Roberts into residential space.

Museum Expansion On Track
When it announced the gift of the Lunder Collection last May, Colby committed to building an addition to the art museum to put many of its new treasures on permanent display. Colby has selected Cooper, Robertson & Partners, a New York-based architecture and urban design firm that has created campus plans for Harvard and Yale, to develop a master plan. It will include analyzing the current space and determining the site of the addition. With that, Colby will select an architect and will be on track for the target completion date of 2013—Colby’s bicentennial.

Roberts Row Renovations3Roberts Row Renovations
Colby will begin renovating the small residence halls on Roberts Row this spring. Pierce and Perkins-Wilson, formerly, Zeta Psi and Phi Delta, will be the first two of those buildings tackled in a program that has renovated most of Colby’s other residence halls and all dining halls in recent years. The pace is ambitious: some work will start over spring break, followed by serious construction in the summer, with the halls to be ready for occupancy for the opening of school in 2008.

4New bookstoreBookstore Eyes Summer Move
The new bookstore addition in Cotter Union is expected to open in June, after Alumni Weekend, said Patricia Crandlemire Murphy, director of physical plant. The site work is scheduled to be complete by mid-May, and the fitting out of the interior of the store, a major part of any retail project, is expected to be finished by commencement, Murphy said. Bookstore operations will remain in Roberts until after Alumni Weekend.

5Diamond Is Certified Green
Colby’s Diamond Building has received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED green building rating system is the national benchmark for sustainable construction. Many factors make Diamond a green building. They include the use of local materials, the use of materials with recycled content (including carpeting and wallboard), about 84 percent of construction waste being diverted from landfills, occupancy sensors in classrooms to avoid electricity waste, and a touch-screen display in the lobby that allows visitors to learn about these and other green features.

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