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Annex construction has started; Gov. Deval Patrick to attend Sept. 18 groundbreaking

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The fences are up and construction is set to begin.

The science annex, which is to be added to Wilson Hall, is set for groundbreaking on Sept. 18.

Students and faculty returning to campus this year were greeted by fences and staging areas for the second time in four years. The other project was University Hall, which was finished by September of last year.

Following the erection of the fences, the contractor will be moving equipment into the staging area and will be completing any pre-work tasks before the Sept. 18 start date.

Walsh Brothers will be the contractor and Cambridge Seven will be staying on as the architects.

The two companies were also on the University Hall project.

The project is still on budget, although it is tight. Costs across the state have been rising due to the amount of construction, especially in eastern Massachusetts.

The groundbreaking, which is planned for Sept. 18, is expected to be a pompous affair.

Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to be in attendance at the event as well as the Senior Convocation, which is immediately following.

University and legislative dignitaries will be in also be in attendance. In addition to the governor, interim president Elizabeth Preston and SGA president Rebecca DiVico will be giving speeches. The time of the event has been slated for 2 p.m. but it will be solidified as the event gets closer.

Improvements to Davis Hall are complete and the reviews are positive.

The problem of the middle-of-the-hall restrooms was fixed. The restrooms are now situated in what would have been a student room.

In place of the former restroom are student study benches and tables. The hallways have been repainted and new lighting has been put in. A punch list will be completed as the year continues.

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