Thursday, April 2, 2015

We are surrounded!- Construction activity around the W.E.B. DuBois Library

Noticed diggers around three sides of the building when I went out to get lunch. This is happening on the pond side of the library deck--

Oh, and this is the temporary library "loading dock"--

Around the back, closest to the student union,  they seem to be working on the alumni garden. These guys moved their equipment away before I came back to take pictures but you can see what they've been up to. There was a tree in the empty planter. They took that out. I imagine they are taking out all the trees, or at least the evergreens. Graduation is about a month away so Landscape Services is going to busy all over campus this month.--

And around the corner by South College of course work is continuing as well. I can only guess that they are digging for pipes or something utility related because the new part of the building is supposed to be exactly in this spot.

Aerial view of South College Renovation at UMass

I went up to the 23rd floor of the W.E.B. DuBois Library yesterday and took a couple of photos as promised. You can see the original South College with the dirt and construction zone behind and to the right. This new building is going to extend down the hill to where the back of Thompson is (Thompson Annex I suppose). You can see Dickinson and the new band building in this picture too.

 Now this isn't South College at all. It's the horse barn and Blaisdell. They have talked about moving the horse barn to North Pleasant Street as part of a new agricultural center that is going to be built. I'm not sure why there are hay bales in the garage. I used to walk past this every day but since changing parking lots I don't see it much anymore. I know there are several cats living in the barn that someone is feeding. I'm not sure what else it's used for. Not seen in the photo is an office trailer to one side of Blaisdell. The last I knew Blaisdell was empty or almost empty. It had been used as office space but those offices were relocated to Hadley in one of the office parks.

Just for fun I took a photo of the geese on the pond. From the 23rd floor they really aren't much to see-

What I failed to get photos of was the temporary loading dock area of the library which is on the pond side as well. That will have to wait for another time.