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Construction Progress

Latest News - Updated November 13, 2017

Beginning on Thursday, November 16 and ending on Monday, November 20, the installation of soil retaining sheet piles will be underway between Hatfield and Wright to facilitate the excavation and eventual removal of the Neilson Library north end foundations.

This work will be noisy. It involves a large piece of equipment vibrating 50’ long by 5’ wide sheets of steel into the ground to retain soil for the work to follow. Approximately 60 sheets will be driven between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for four to five consecutive days including Saturday and Sunday. The work will be intermittent for a period of one to two minutes of vibration and noise, then relative calm for 10 to 15 minutes as the equipment is re-positioned.

This operation was purposefully scheduled to include a weekend in order to somewhat limit the impact on the class schedules. Due to constraints related to the project’s construction schedule and equipment availability, the work had to also include a few weekdays. Based on a test installation done last August and our onsite observations, we expect some moments of disruption that may impact classes and activities in Hatfield and Wright Halls on the three days of classes when this work has to be completed, November 16, 17, and 20.

The schedule for this work is as follows:

Monday, November 13 through Wednesday November 15
Sheet pile rig delivered to Elm Street and assembled (this time period will be quiet and calm)

Thursday November 16 through Monday November 20
Drive sheet piles (period of intermittent noise and vibration with 10 to 15-minute intervals 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Tuesday November 21 through Wednesday November 22
Breakdown and remove sheet pile equipment from the site (this time period will be quiet and calm)

Neilson Library Construction Open Forum, October 24, 2017


Need to know how to get around construction?

See Central Campus Pedestrian and Vehicle Map.

For more information about construction projects on campus, see the Smith College Construction Projects Map.


Charlie Conant 
Project Manager
Facilities Management
Peter Gagnon
Capital Construction Director
Facilities Management
Roger Mosier
Associate Vice President
Facilities Management