Dear NEC Family,
As we move closer to the May start date for construction of the Student Life and Performance Center, you may want to attend the April 9 Open Forum session at 2:30 PM in the St. Botolph Conference Room. Ed lesser, Mike Ryan, and a representative from Tishman Construction will be on hand to answer your questions.
REMINDER: the main entrance to the St. Botolph Building will be closing April 17 (or possibly a few days before that) in order to construct a handicapped-accessible entry way.
• During construction, you can access the building from the ground level doorway in the parking lot.
• PREP students and their families will need to use this parking lot entrance beginning Saturday, April 18.
NEW DATE FOR PARKING LOT CLOSURE: the St. Botolph parking lot, previously scheduled to close on May 1, will now be open until Monday, May 4. This means that College and Prep faculty may use the lot on May 1 and 2.
SUMMER WORK: Construction crews will complete accessibility upgrades in the St. Botolph Building. These include one handicapped-accessible restroom on each floor. The work will not be as disruptive as last year’s sprinkler project.
LONG RANGE CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE: Here is the big picture for the building project timetable.
May 4, 2015: Construction Start Date
May 2015—June 2015: Demolition & Site Prep
June 2015—January 2016: Foundations
January 2016—June 2016: Decks
May 2016—August 2016: Structure Steel & Concrete Exterior Façade
May 2016—September 2016: Interior Rough
September 2016—January 2017: Interior Finishes
August 2016—December 2016: Site Improvements
January 2017—March 2017: Start‐Up & Commissioning
Spring 2017: Construction Substantial Completion
Spring/Summer 2017: Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Installation by NEC
Summer 2017: Ready for Occupancy
As recently announced, NEC will soon begin the construction of our new Student Life and Performance Center! With this note, we are launching a steady stream of internal communications designed to keep you well informed regarding the project. We recognize that aspects of this exciting new campus development will be disruptive; the NEC communications team will do its utmost to deliver timely updates to you across multiple communications channels. Here’s the first round of changes that will affect your on-campus experience:
- First, the smaller parking lot behind the Jordan Hall building will close April 1, in order to accommodate the removal of the dumpster and other equipment from the St. Botolph parking lot.
- As you may know, the current handicap-accessible entrance for the St. Botolph building is the parking lot entrance. However, since this entrance will soon close, we are required to build another. Consequently, the main entrance to 241 St. Botolph will be closing April 17 for approximately two-three weeks, in order to build that handicapped access ramp.
- During these weeks, access to the St. Botolph building will only be through the side parking lot entrance, closest to Rooms G13 and G14.
- Once the ramp is fully installed, the main entrance will reopen, and the parking lot entrance will close permanently. This is expected to happen in early May.
- The Botolph parking lot will close permanently on May 1 in order to accommodate the removal of the Annex building.
- At the same time, the Botolph Street sidewalk, and part of the traffic lane closest to our building will close for the duration of construction, beginning May 1. St. Botolph will continue to be a two way street. Street signage will help direct that pedestrian traffic.
- Foot traffic will be rerouted to the Matthews Arena side of St. Botolph for the duration of the project.
- The classrooms 313, 314 and 315; the Opera rooms G13 and G14; the Jazz and CI office; the Health Center; Student Services and the EM offices will be temporarily relocated the first half of May for the duration of the summer. These new locations will be announced in a subsequent e mail.
Here’s how we plan to keep you informed:
- Open Forum Discussion Sessions will be held March 23rd, 10 – 11:30 am in the St. Botolph conference room, and April 9th, 2-3:30 pm in the St. Botolph conference room. These will be opportunities to bring all your questions to Ed Lesser, Mike Ryan and the Tishman construction team.
- Effective April 1, our construction blog will appear on the NEC website and will be regularly updated. This will be your information hub for all relevant information; we encourage you to use this as the source of updates. The blog, too, will be a place to register any concerns or questions you may have.
- This e-mail is the first of a series that will be generated by the communications team, outlining the key events/needs-to-know between now and June 1. Subsequent e-mails will be much shorter! Throughout this period, you can expect to see early warning and/or reminders a week prior so there are minimal surprises.
- Electronic Signage just to the right of the Jordan Hall main entrance will also keep you updated. Screens will also be installed in the St. Botolph and Residence Hall lobbies over the summer.
- Our NEC Facebook , @necmusic and @necmusic_today Twitter channels will have all of the latest updates.
- Articles will appear in the Penguin on a regular basis, and we will partner with Student Services to ensure you are informed and stay safe.
- For our PREP parents and SCE students, updates will be included in their weekly e-newsletter and other outbound communications.
- Through all relevant website listings, we will continue to inform concert attenders how this will impact their access to Jordan and Pierce Hall programming.
We’re committed to making this transition as comfortable as possible for all of us, and the disruption as minimal as possible. We’re keenly aware of the big changes ahead, and are very grateful for your patience as we embark on this exciting campus evolution! If you have questions or concerns, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
NEC Marketing and Communications Team
Today we had the chance to talk with one of Senior MYWE’s musicians, Diego Bacigalupe! He gave us some insight on some of the pieces that will be played as well as some of the difficulties that came in preparation of the Junior and Senior MYWE combined concert.
What have been the challenges of this program and how have you grown as a musician from these challenges?
The most challenging part of preparing Sunday’s program is mastering the music with the limited rehearsal time. We only meet as a group once a week, making it difficult for us to learn a lot of music. This has forced us to prepare diligently for rehearsals, focus during rehearsal, listen and adjust to each others playing. Even with limited and scattered rehearsal time, we can efficiently learn music to perform.
What are you most looking forward to about this performance?
I’m most looking forward to hearing Jr. MYWE play their music and play with us. Live wind ensemble performances don’t happen often so hearing another group play similar music is a rewarding experience. I also can’t wait to perform with Jr. MYWE because the combined group will sound amazing. When I was in Jr. MYWE, I would have loved the opportunity to play with Sr. MYWE.
Pick your favorite piece on the program. What does that piece mean to you?
My favorite piece on the program is Eric Whitacre’s October; I love the colors he evokes. This piece is special to me and many others in Sr. MYWE because we played it back when we were in Jr. MYWE. Playing it again after we’ve developed into more mature musicians is an amazing experience. The fact that we’re playing this piece in a combined Jr./Sr. MYWE concert brings it full circle.
Is there an experience with music that inspired you to be a musician?
When I was 7 years old, I remember visiting my grandfather while my family was in Spain. He played jazz cornet with his friends in a band and I remember watching him perform for people on the street as a hobby. I thought it was so cool that he could do this for fun with his friends and entertain strangers on the street so from then on, I always wanted to be a musician.
What is your favorite piece of music?
I don’t have an all-time favorite piece because I love so much music, but right now my favorite pieces are Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and Chabrier’s España.