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SLPC Construction: And the beat goes on!

Wed, 2015-07-22 10:39

Progress on the transformation of the parking lot into our new Student Life and Performance Center continues at an excellent pace.  Despite the heat, the weather has been cooperating and our pile driving continues on schedule.

The St. Botolph sidewalk will close during the week of July 27th through to the project’s completion.  Please take notice of the signage that will direct all pedestrian foot traffic on St Botolph Street to the Matthews Arena side of the street.  We will also be painting the cross walks to facilitate those crossings; our apologies for those extra footsteps!

Please continue to use caution and obey all signage in St. Botolph, as work continues on the bathrooms for ADA compliance.

Many thanks for your patience!

June 17 SLPC Update

Wed, 2015-06-17 14:06

Here are some quick updates regarding the work that is proceeding in the 241 St. Botolph building, as well as the Student Life & Performance Center:

241 ST BOTOLPH STREET BUILDING

Work continues on making this building ADA (American Disabilities Act) code compliant.  Conversion of our existing bathrooms, and installation of new railings, door handles and water fountains are proceeding through the end of July.

The work will be intermittent, and only one bathroom will be closed temporarily at any one time to help minimize the disruption.

PLEASE OBSERVE ALL DO NOT ENTER SIGNAGE, as these areas are now dangerous; you don’t want to find yourself in the bottom of an open shaft!

G03 will be closed until July 15.

SLPC SITE CONSTRUCTION

Site preparation for the pile driving, which is scheduled to begin June 22, is actually ahead of schedule.  We think perhaps a nod to the Anvil Chorus is appropriate to mark the launch of this next phase, which will continue through Labor Day.  We anticipate that the sidewalk closure will occur mid July.

QUESTIONS?  CONCERNS?

Please direct any to Mike Ryan, Michael.ryan@necmusic.edu, 617-585-1187; Karen Kidd, Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu, 617-585-1181; or anyone on the marketing team.  You can always find an updated project status at necmusic.edu/slpc-updates

And down it comes…

Thu, 2015-05-28 11:43

and two hours later:

 

Dear NEC faculty, staff, and students,

The dramatic, tangible beginning! The SLPC is really really going to happen! Here is the Annex under demolition this morning. Below, a reminder of the safety measures now in place to protect you and the work crew:

  • the parking lot is off limits and is now a construction zone.
  • Anyone entering the construction zone is required to notify Tishman Construction field staff and must wear a hard hat, safety glasses and high visibility vest.
  • The basement doorway entering 241 from the parking lot is closed to all but field construction staff.
  • Anyone entering 241 must use the main doorway.
  • Any NEC staff, administrators or others wishing to tour the construction site should contact Mike Ryan or Karen Kidd to arrange.  

Thank you and be safe.

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (michael.ryan@necmusic.edu 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd (Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu  617-585-1181) or, until May 29, Ellen Pfeifer (ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu 617-585-1143).

The Annex Makes Way for the SLPC

Thu, 2015-05-21 10:47

Dear NEC faculty, staff, and students,

Demolition of the Annex in the St. Botolph parking lot has begun. Most immediately, the “bridge” between this structure and the 241 St. Botolph building, will come down this week. Then the structure itself will be taken down next week.

NEC has put into place safety measures to protect the NEC family and work crew. As of today, then:

  • the parking lot is off limits and is now a construction zone.
  • Anyone entering the construction zone is required to notify Tishman Construction field staff and must wear a hard hat, safety glasses and high visibility vest.
  • The basement doorway entering 241 from the parking lot is closed to all but field construction staff.
  • Anyone entering 241 must use the main doorway.
  • Any NEC staff, administrators or others wishing to tour the construction site should contact Mike Ryan or Karen Kidd to arrange.  

Thank you and be safe.

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (michael.ryan@necmusic.edu 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd (Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu  617-585-1181) or, until May 29, Ellen Pfeifer (ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu 617-585-1143).

P.S. Those irreverent Building Ops folks staged their own ground breaking…umm…glass breaking event as a coda to NEC’s official celebration. See photos below.

And So It Begins: Groundbreaking on SLPC

Tue, 2015-05-05 10:23

NEC Marks Official Start of Construction with Celebratory Ground-breaking Ceremony

Transformative Student Life and Performance Center to Open 2017

Conservatory Board Members, Donors, Officials, Students, Faculty, and Staff Gather for Musical Ceremony at St. Botolph Street Construction Site

Celebrating the start of construction on its Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), New England Conservatory hosted a joyful groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday on the construction site at 241 St. Botolph Street in Boston. Board members, donors, faculty, staff, students, government and arts leaders, gathered on the current parking lot to lift symbolic shovelfuls of sand. There were speeches that paid tribute to the many people who had supported the project from its inception. And NEC brass and jazz students performed appropriately festive musical selections.

The first new construction at NEC since 1959, the $85 million SLPC is scheduled to open in 2017, to coincide with the Conservatory’s 150th anniversary. It will house a new residence hall with 250 beds, a two-level library for audio and print resources, a new dining commons, a black box opera studio, large orchestra rehearsal space with acoustics mimicking Jordan Hall, and a small ensemble room with recording studio suited to jazz and contemporary improvisation.

Designed by Ann Beha Architects with Gensler as Associate Architect, the project will be built by Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company. Beha’s firm, which is headquartered in Boston, also steered the restoration of NEC’s historic Jordan Hall in 1994–1995, receiving numerous awards for historic preservation and illumination. Tishman previously executed the $21 million exterior renovations of the Conservatory’s four buildings in 2009–2010, winning numerous awards for historic preservation and green initiatives.

Funding the project through a combination of private philanthropy and financing, the Conservatory has raised more than $60 million in donations to date. Trustee Board Chair, Kennett F. Burnes, who presided over the groundbreaking, credited the “extraordinary” support of Board members, alumni, and others who are helping the Conservatory meet its fundraising goal.

“The Student Life and Performance Center will transform the life of NEC students, faculty, staff, and the community,” Burnes said. “It will reflect and augment the Conservatory’s eminence in Boston and in the world of music education and performance.”

Along with its state of the art venues and facilities, the SLPC will also fill a more mundane gap—that is, spaces where students can just hang out. “When I was a student back in the 1980’s, if we needed to find someone, we either left a note taped to Beethoven (the statue in the Jordan Hall building) or hung out on the steps of Jordan Hall, hoping, by chance, our paths would cross,” recalled Trustee Deborah Elfers ’82 in her remarks. “I can’t imagine what it will be like for students and faculty to have gathering spaces—for the first time!—and how that will enable the spontaneous collaboration between different musical specialties, so necessary for a musician’s evolution…It’s just this collaborative environment that makes NEC stand out from the rest—it’s what we have become known for.”

For further information on the SLPC, check the NEC Website here

In photo L to R: Overseer Hope Baker, architect Ann Beha, Trustees Thomas Blumenthal, Wendy Shattuck, Michael Thonis, Deborah Elfers; Board Chair Kennett F. Burnes; Overseer Helen Powell; President Tony Woodcock; Life Trustee Steven Friedlaender. Photo by Pierce Harmon

St. Botolph Entrance, Bike Racks, Parking Lot Closure, Offices Moving

Thu, 2015-04-30 09:44

May 1 Update

Dear NEC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

ST. BOTOLPH BUILDING MAIN ENTRANCE:

You’ll be pleased to learn that construction of the handicapped ramp is wrapping up and the Main Entrance of 241 St. Botolph Street will re-open on Friday, May 1. That means you will not need to access the building from the basement door.  Indeed, the basement door will also be closing permanently on May 1.

REMINDERS:

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY: May 5 at 3:30 pm in the white tent on St. Botolph St. Parking Lot. Don’t miss this celebration. Cookies and cake refreshments to be served.

PARKING LOT CLOSURE: The St. Botolph parking lot will close permanently as of Monday, May 4. This means that College and Prep faculty may use the lot through Saturday, May 2.

BICYCLE PARKING: On May 19, 2015, the bicycle parking area located in the Residence Hall Courtyard will be closed until August 21, 2015 due to work associated with construction of the Student Life and Performance Center. Please use racks to the left of the Jordan Hall entrance, and beginning May 19 near the St. Botolph Building main entrance.

NEW ALERTS:

OFFICE MOVES:  With the coming demolition of SB 113 (the annex), the closing of the parking lot, and other SLPC-related construction work, the following offices will be moving:

Entrepreneurial Musicianship:
As of May 18 to SB 320
As of Aug. 7 to SB 227

Student Services:
As of May 18, Shi Teeters, Hegland, Vaughn to SB 309
T. Handel to SB 380
B. Winkley, A Wolniak to SB 311
As of Aug. 10, all personnel to SB 225

Jazz/CI:
As of May 18, DiGiorgio to Admissions until 6/5
Schaphorst, Macadam-Somer, Netsky to TBA
As of Aug. 15, all personnel, 295 Huntington, Room 205

Health Services:
Closed for the summer
As of Aug. 17, 295 Huntington, Room 309

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan ( 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd
(617-585-1181) or Ellen Pfeifer  (617-585-1143).

Bike Parking Area at Residence Hall to Close Temporarily

Thu, 2015-04-23 12:03

Dear NEC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

On May 19, 2015, the bicycle parking area located in the Residence Hall Courtyard will be closed until August 21, 2015 due to work associated with construction of the Student Life and Performance Center.

All bikes must be removed by May 19, 2015.

Unfortunately, if any bikes are not removed, Building Operations will dispose of them.

For those who need to park bikes, an additional rack has been installed to the left of the Jordan Hall entrance. There will also be access to the bike racks located near the St. Botolph Building entrance when construction of the handicapped ramp is completed in the next few weeks.

As a reminder, the City of Boston does not allow any bikes to be locked to wrought iron fencing located along Huntington Ave. and Gainsborough St. (To comply with that regulation, NEC is forced to remove such bikes and fine the owners $25.)

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (michael.ryan@necmusic.edu 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd (Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu 617-585-1181) or Ellen Pfeifer (ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu 617-585-1143).

Construction of 241 St. Botolph Ramp Begins this Week

Mon, 2015-04-13 11:50

April 13, 2015

Dear NEC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Just a reminder and a few new details:

As you recall, work begins this Friday, April 17th, on construction of a new handicapped ramp at the entrance to the 241 St. Botolph Building.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The main entrance to 241 will be shut down as of midnight, Thursday, 4/16.
  • The temporary entrance will be through the parking lot door.  The door will be unlocked and un-alarmed from 7am to 11pm.
  • A security guard will be stationed inside the door and there will be card readers available…all students, faculty and staff will be required to swipe I.D.s at the inside location.
  • A temporary walkway will marked through the lot.  Pedestrians, please use the designated walkway for your safety.
  • Parkers in the 241 parking lot: please use caution in driving through the lot, and in particular pulling into and backing out of parking spaces.

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (617-585-1187), Karen Kidd   (617-585-1181) or Ellen Pfeifer (617-585-1143).


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