Cleaning up along University Ave. The oak trees are going to be much happier I'm sure.
Unfortunately they were not too concerned about this tree. It's not as bad as it looks as there was a concrete parking lot there just three days ago. If the tree thrives the side walk will be bumped up in less than five years. It could have been planned better. An obvious example of having a designer 1000 miles from a project.
This is the view of the same tree from another angle.
Building 1 (probably Corona Hall) alley facade as seen from University Ave. They are working on drainage, walkways and lighting here. Once they finish the columns veneer will go on and the building will be very near completion. They will easily open this building in August.
Building 2 (probably Bonin Hall) alley facade as seen from University Ave. This building is not as far along but they will probably be able to open by August.
Building 1 and Building 2 as seen from the side of McLauren Gym. (I just noticed that there are no precast concrete elements between the second and third floor of building 2 at each window like there is for building 1. There is no gap in the brick reserved for them either. )
University Ave facade of Building 2, McKinley street is to the rear of the camera.
The Boucher Street facade of building 2 as seen from the side of the Student Union. The scaffolding for the brick layers is seen to the right of the building. They have finished all brick work on this building except for the area with exposed Tyvek. Once they finish this area only minor brick work remains on the project. Most of the brick layers are gone, hopefully to another job. If not they are home. The area where the Old Saucier Clinic was is in the foreground. This view was not available before they tore old Saucier down.
The hectic pace of construction has been dramatically reduced this past couple of weeks. Most of the work is inside now and is not as noisy. It's nice to have a little peace and quiet on the weekends now. I understand that they are not going to replace the parking areas along University Ave. under the oak trees. The trees will like that much better and it will make a much nicer look along the road. There is still plenty of work to do on Harris, Randolph and Buchanan Halls but, if they don't make it for August, it will be OK as they are not critical for housing. It's already June 3 and August is 9 weeks away.