December 21: A pump truck again will be located on Arnold Avenue to pour concrete into the south section of the construction site. This work is expected to occur from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Residents of 16 Arnold Avenue, who are affected by this work, are provided with parking passes in the Smith College parking garage.
December 6: A pump truck again will be located on Arnold Avenue to pour concrete into the south section of the construction site. This work is expected to occur from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Residents of 16 Arnold Avenue, who are affected by this work, are provided with parking passes in the Smith College parking garage.
November 28: A pump truck again will be located on Arnold Avenue to pour concrete into the south section of the construction site. This work is expected to occur from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Residents of 16 Arnold Avenue, who are affected by this work, are provided with parking passes in the Smith College parking garage.
November 21: A pump truck will be located on Arnold Avenue in order to pour concrete into the south section of the construction site. This work is expected to be completed in one day, with additional concrete pouring from Arnold Avenue scheduled on or about Thursday, November 29. Residents of 16 Arnold Avenue, who are affected by this work, are provided with parking passes in the Smith College parking garage.
November 7: The parking spaces in Sage circle will be temporarily blocked off for construction activity in that area of Green Street. It is expected that this work will take one day, after which the parking spaces will become available.
The Belmont Avenue sidewalk will be closed to pedestrian traffic beginning on Wednesday, November 7, and may need to remain closed through May 2008. Unfortunately, the sidewalk cannot be kept open because of the depth of the crane placing concrete and steel into the construction site.
November 9: Construction activity at Lower College Lane will be completed during the day, and Lower College Lane will become open to thru-traffic.
October 30 and 31: Approximately 300 feet of Belmont Avenue, from the Green Street entrance to the service driveway next to the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, will be closed temporarily as early as 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, and between 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, for exterior foundation wall placement utilizing a concrete pumper positioned on Belmont Avenue. The remainder of Belmont Avenue will become a two-way street. A police detail will be on site.
November 1: Fencing will be installed for a storage area for construction materials on the west end of the Dickinson parking lot. This will require the removal of five parking spaces for the duration of Ford Hall construction. The two handicapped and reserved parking spaces in that area will not be affected. As a reminder, the college’s parking garage typically has an average of 50 parking spaces available on any business day.
November 5: A 300 foot section of Belmont Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic through May 2008 from the Green Street entrance to the service driveway next to the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts to accommodate a large crane. The remainder of Belmont Avenue will become a two-way street, and all existing on-street parking will remain in place.
The crane will facilitate concrete pouring and set an underground 30,000 gallon water storage tank into the construction site near Green Street. The tank will eventually collect ground water, storing it for future irrigation of the building’s green roof system.
October 30: Chilled water line work will occur at the intersection of Lower College Lane and College Lane (i.e., in the vicinity of Sage Hall, Tyler Annex and the Smith College Club). This will require shutting down Lower College Lane for thru traffic for approximately two weeks. The Ainsworth parking lot will still be accessible off of West Street, and access to the playing fields across Lamont Bridge will be available. Traffic officers will be on site to redirect drivers, and signs will be posted prominently.
October 23: Vehicle traffic on Belmont Avenue from Green Street to the southwest gate of the project site (near 30 Belmont Avenue) will be temporarily blocked for concrete pouring from approximately 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
October 22: Four small test excavations will occur in Green Street between Sage Hall and the construction site to confirm locations of existing utilities in the street in advance of the installation of new chilled water lines for the Ford Hall HVAC system. Green Street will remain open, and there will be a police detail on site to direct traffic as needed around the excavations. It is expected that this work will be completed in a few days.
Current: Excavation continues at the construction site, along with concrete form work. Pouring concrete for the center of the basement level of the building was started on September 26 and will occur intermittently for the next several weeks. To take advantage of the good weather, construction crews will work on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. throughout the fall, weather permitting.
Current: Construction on Ford Hall is entering a phase where there will be increased activity on site, resulting in additional truck traffic. Trucks will enter and exit the site via West Street.
September 15: Please note: The construction site will be active on Saturday,
September 15, for perimeter earth retention work and concrete form work from
7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
September 10-12: Rock will be removed from the construction site and will involve jack hammering equipment. This work will be conducted during normal work hours (7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).
Current: Excavation and soil removal is in progress and will continue through the month of September.
September 10: Concrete form work will begin for the center of the basement level of the building and will continue through November. Perimeter earth retention will also begin on the 10th and is expected to be completed in 3-5 weeks. This work, which involves augers to dig holes for structural steel piles, will occur primarily on the Belmont Avenue side of the site and a portion of the Green Street side.
August 13: The Ford Hall webcam will go live. To access the webcam, go to www.smith.edu/fordhall/construction/webcam.php. The webcam image of the construction site refreshes every 15 minutes. In addition, for the next 6-8 weeks, the work schedule for site preparation will be 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Early to Mid-August: Site preparation for Ford Hall construction is expected to begin and will take approximately two weeks. Equipment to be used will include earth-moving equipment and dump trucks. Trucks will enter the site from Belmont Avenue and exit through the West Street parking lot onto West Street. As a reminder, hours of work are typically 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Should you have questions or concerns, please call the Ford Hall Construction Communications Line, 413-585-1282, to reach a William A. Berry & Son representative.
August 10: The small parking lot on West Street, primarily used by Smith employees at 30 Belmont Avenue and nearby offices, will close at 5:00 p.m. and will remain closed throughout construction of Ford Hall to accommodate construction vehicle access.
August 13: The 11 city-operated
parking meters on Belmont Avenue will be relocated to the Dickinson parking lot on
Green Street and will be available to the public, including the Smith community.
As is the case with other city meters, individuals parking in the metered spaces
will be required to pay for parking between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parking meters
will remain in the Dickinson parking lot throughout construction of Ford Hall, after
which they will be moved to an approved permanent location.
June 28: Demolition activities are expected to begin at 22 Belmont Avenue and should be completed in approximately one week.
Sometime after Smith’s commencement on May 20, the eleven city parking meters on Belmont Avenue will be removed to facilitate Ford Hall construction and will be temporarily relocated to the Dickinson parking lot on Green Street. As with other city meters, individuals parking in the metered spaces will be required to pay for parking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Signs will be posted to identify and direct the public to the relocated meters. The parking meters will remain in the Dickinson parking lot throughout construction of Ford Hall, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2009, at which time the city meters will be moved to an approved permanent location.
April 30: National Grid will begin underground
electrical work on Arnold Avenue to install electrical service to a relocated
transformer. The work is expected to take one week and will not disrupt access
to Arnold Avenue.
May 1: Demolition activities are expected
to begin at 20 Belmont Avenue and 22 Arnold Avenue for approximately two weeks.
After demolition, three trees between 16 and 22 Arnold Avenue will be removed.
Recycling and demolition activities at 16
Belmont Avenue are expected to begin on Thursday, April 12, for a duration of approximately
March 28: Demolition activities will begin
at north side of site (former site of the pizza restaurant and Smith’s printing
operation, student post office and bookstore on Green Street).
March 19-30: The construction
site fence will be extended to encompass all buildings slated for demolition. Necessary
tree removal, which was coordinated with and approved by the Botanic Garden director,
will also occur.
Late March-Mid-April: Proposed demolition
of buildings at north side of site (former site of the pizza restaurant and Smith’s
printing operation, student post office and bookstore on Green Street) and 16 Belmont
Fencing around the construction site has been
erected. Pedestrian access to Belmont Avenue from Arnold Avenue is suspended throughout
construction. Belmont Avenue can be accessed via Green Street.
Building removal activities will begin at north
side of site (former site of the pizza restaurant, and Smith’s printing operation,
student post office and bookstore).
Building removal activities at the south side of site
(16, 20 and 22 Belmont Avenue and 22 Arnold Avenue) are expected to begin in early-
Building removal activities at the north side of site
are expected to be complete in late March.