Busy Construction Season at WPI

June 07, 2011

BY CHRISTINE MELHORN

It seems like everywhere you look on campus there is some sort of construction work happening. WPI Connection recently sat down with Alfredo DiMauro, assistant vice president for facilities, to talk about the numerous projects occurring this summer.

Cisterns-one week laterMajor work is being done on the site for the new sports and recreation center. In addition to the construction of the actual building, workers have installed huge cisterns below the Quad—which will be only one of the building’s many sustainable components.

“Two, 25,000-gallon cisterns will store rain water collected from the roof of the recreation center,” DiMauro explains. “Periodically, this stored water will be pumped back into the building for the air conditioning, saving over 800,000 gallons of fresh water per year.”

Another project taking place this summer is at Washburn Shops. Repairs are being made to the tower, with its arm and hammer weathervane, and outside surfaces due to the building’s age. DiMauro notes that construction work is also being done on the roof, dormers, windows, and masonry. This is expected to be completed by this fall.

Additionally, workers have been seen on the smokestack of the Power House due to needed maintenance and improvements to cell phone service at WPI. DiMauro notes that the upper 40 feet of the stack is being rebuilt while the entire interior is being relined. He says: “Installing cell phone antennas on the stack may increase cell phone coverage on WPI’s campus.” DiMauro estimates that this project will be complete by the fall.   

Right across the bridge, Alden Memorial is receiving maintenance that should also be wrapped by the fall. According to DiMauro, there will be exterior masonry repair and replacement of and repairs to the roof and eaves. He also says there will be “selective replacement of deteriorating limestone around some windows and roof edges.”

  • Check out more photos of the campus construction projects.

Christine Melhorn is a WPI Connection student intern.

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