Weather delays construction on Science and Technology Center

Despite slight delays in construction on the Science and Technology Center (formerly known as the McNulty building) due to the recent inclement weather, work is almost complete on the building.

John Signorello, associate vice president of facilities and operations, said work on the roof, interior and landscaping needs to be finished.

According to Signorello, delays were due to the inability to work on the exterior during the recent hurricane and storms.

In addition, there was some interior water damage in the building because work was not completed on the roof at the time of the storms, Signorello said.

The center has been undergoing renovations and construction since at least the spring semester of 2010, when concerns arose about the stability of the building’s limestone façade, according to an article published in The Setonian in September 2010.

The construction was scheduled to last about a year and a half, the article stated.

According to the article, the building first opened in 2007, and the University spent $35 million on the modernization and expansion of the building. When it was first built, the article said, the University aspired to create a new “state-of-the-future” building for the sciences.

Students who utilize the building mostly find the construction to be a small inconvenience.

“Although the construction has been going on way too long, and yes, to be honest has created some inconveniences, overall the bulk of the construction was done over the summer,” senior Amanda Risner, who is in the physical therapy program at Seton Hall, said. “Besides the closing of the walkway inside and outside the front of the building and the occasional noise during class, I haven’t really been affected by the construction.”

Junior biology major Kalie Marshall said she can no longer study in the quiet room on the second floor in breaks between her classes because, “that area is taken over by building plans, computers, and other things necessary for the construction workers.”

Senior biology major Adrienne Galang called the building “home” for most of her time on campus.

Galang said the construction was inconvenient because it made it confusing to figure out how to get into and around the building.

“When you see big pieces of machinery outside of an entrance, you assume to not go in that way, but that wasn’t the case all the time,” Galang said, “A sign or some sort of labeling would have been helpful.”

Galang and other students said while the construction wasn’t a big inconvenience, they hoped it would be completed soon, and felt the construction had been going on a long time.

Signorello said the University is currently reviewing new projects for summer 2012, but no specific decisions have been made yet.

Some other buildings on campus also sustained damage from the storms, including some flooding in the Rec Center, Signorello said.

Caitlin Carroll can be reached at caitlin.carroll@student.shu.edu

Author: Staff Writer

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