We have a crane!

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SLPC Construction Alert: December 5 and 6: St. Botolph Street Closing

The work on the Student Life and Performance Center continues to an important next phase involving the assembly and erection of a tower crane on the construction site.

Please note the following information:

Beginning at 3 am, Saturday, December 5, and continuing to 7 pm, Sunday evening, December 6,  St. Botolph Street will be closed to automobile traffic to accommodate a large number of trucks delivering the materials necessary for crane assembly.

What you can expect:

There will be no changes to the current pedestrian traffic flow.  And extra security and police details will be available to assist at the designated crosswalks throughout the day and evening.

For our students in the Residence Hall, expect some banging and back up horns in the early morning hours.  The noise should subside by 7 am.

For our PREP families dropping off students, two drop off areas will be available, as noted on the map below:

–        One area will be designated on Huntington Avenue, in front of the Jordan Hall 290 entrance.  Students may enter there, through the student lounge entrance, or proceed via the sidewalks to their classes/rehearsals;

–        You may turn onto St. Botolph from Mass Ave and you may and proceed just to the entrance of 241 St. Botolph, where you may then make a U turn to exit.  Expect to see signage that says the road is closed to through traffic, but you may enter to drop off your child.  You may also proceed through the alley to access Huntington Avenue.

Please see the diagram below, indicating these two drop off areas.

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There will be no street parking available on Gainsborough in front of the Residence Hall, from Huntington Ave to St. Botolph.  Traffic will be open on Gainsborough, but there will be no left turn available on St. Botolph.

For student pick up, we encourage you to find parking, as there will be very little accommodation for you to wait for your children, so please plan accordingly.  Due to expected traffic volume, please plan on more time for your commute and an earlier arrival.

For concert patrons attending either the Longwood Symphony Concert Saturday evening, December 5 or the 3 pm PREP concert on Sunday, December 6, the Jordan Hall entrance on Huntington Avenue will also be open.

Please know we are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and maximize our students’ safety as we enter this next phase of construction.  Many thanks for your cooperation.

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More room is coming soon!

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SLPC Construction Update for Thursday, August 20

Two notes to bring to your attention regarding tomorrow, August 20, 2015:

* A crane will be located on St. Botolph Street from approximately 7 am to 11 am and may have an impact on traffic.  Please proceed with caution.

*Water service to the St. Botolph building will be suspended from approximately 6 am to noon.  Individuals will need to use the Jordan Hall restrooms and drinking water during that time.  Our apologies for this inconvenience.

As always, if you have any  questions, don’t hesitate to contact Mike Ryan (617-585-1187) or Karen Kidd (617-585-1181).

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SLPC Construction: And the beat goes on!

Progress on the transformation of the parking lot into our new Student Life and Performance Center continues at an excellent pace.  Despite the heat, the weather has been cooperating and our pile driving continues on schedule.

The St. Botolph sidewalk will close during the week of July 27th through to the project’s completion.  Please take notice of the signage that will direct all pedestrian foot traffic on St Botolph Street to the Matthews Arena side of the street.  We will also be painting the cross walks to facilitate those crossings; our apologies for those extra footsteps!

Please continue to use caution and obey all signage in St. Botolph, as work continues on the bathrooms for ADA compliance.

Many thanks for your patience!

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June 17 SLPC Update

Here are some quick updates regarding the work that is proceeding in the 241 St. Botolph building, as well as the Student Life & Performance Center:

241 ST BOTOLPH STREET BUILDING

Work continues on making this building ADA (American Disabilities Act) code compliant.  Conversion of our existing bathrooms, and installation of new railings, door handles and water fountains are proceeding through the end of July.

The work will be intermittent, and only one bathroom will be closed temporarily at any one time to help minimize the disruption.

PLEASE OBSERVE ALL DO NOT ENTER SIGNAGE, as these areas are now dangerous; you don’t want to find yourself in the bottom of an open shaft!

G03 will be closed until July 15.

SLPC SITE CONSTRUCTION

Site preparation for the pile driving, which is scheduled to begin June 22, is actually ahead of schedule.  We think perhaps a nod to the Anvil Chorus is appropriate to mark the launch of this next phase, which will continue through Labor Day.  We anticipate that the sidewalk closure will occur mid July.

QUESTIONS?  CONCERNS?

Please direct any to Mike Ryan, Michael.ryan@necmusic.edu, 617-585-1187; Karen Kidd, Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu, 617-585-1181; or anyone on the marketing team.  You can always find an updated project status at necmusic.edu/slpc-updates

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And down it comes…

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and two hours later:

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Dear NEC faculty, staff, and students,

The dramatic, tangible beginning! The SLPC is really really going to happen! Here is the Annex under demolition this morning. Below, a reminder of the safety measures now in place to protect you and the work crew:

  • the parking lot is off limits and is now a construction zone.
  • Anyone entering the construction zone is required to notify Tishman Construction field staff and must wear a hard hat, safety glasses and high visibility vest.
  • The basement doorway entering 241 from the parking lot is closed to all but field construction staff.
  • Anyone entering 241 must use the main doorway.
  • Any NEC staff, administrators or others wishing to tour the construction site should contact Mike Ryan or Karen Kidd to arrange.  

Thank you and be safe.

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (michael.ryan@necmusic.edu 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd (Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu  617-585-1181) or, until May 29, Ellen Pfeifer (ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu 617-585-1143).

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The Annex Makes Way for the SLPC

Dear NEC faculty, staff, and students,

Demolition of the Annex in the St. Botolph parking lot has begun. Most immediately, the “bridge” between this structure and the 241 St. Botolph building, will come down this week. Then the structure itself will be taken down next week.

NEC has put into place safety measures to protect the NEC family and work crew. As of today, then:

  • the parking lot is off limits and is now a construction zone.
  • Anyone entering the construction zone is required to notify Tishman Construction field staff and must wear a hard hat, safety glasses and high visibility vest.
  • The basement doorway entering 241 from the parking lot is closed to all but field construction staff.
  • Anyone entering 241 must use the main doorway.
  • Any NEC staff, administrators or others wishing to tour the construction site should contact Mike Ryan or Karen Kidd to arrange.  

Thank you and be safe.

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan (michael.ryan@necmusic.edu 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd (Karen.kidd@necmusic.edu  617-585-1181) or, until May 29, Ellen Pfeifer (ellen.pfeifer@necmusic.edu 617-585-1143).

P.S. Those irreverent Building Ops folks staged their own ground breaking…umm…glass breaking event as a coda to NEC’s official celebration. See photos below.

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And So It Begins: Groundbreaking on SLPC

NEC Marks Official Start of Construction with Celebratory Ground-breaking Ceremony

Transformative Student Life and Performance Center to Open 2017

Conservatory Board Members, Donors, Officials, Students, Faculty, and Staff Gather for Musical Ceremony at St. Botolph Street Construction Site

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Celebrating the start of construction on its Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), New England Conservatory hosted a joyful groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday on the construction site at 241 St. Botolph Street in Boston. Board members, donors, faculty, staff, students, government and arts leaders, gathered on the current parking lot to lift symbolic shovelfuls of sand. There were speeches that paid tribute to the many people who had supported the project from its inception. And NEC brass and jazz students performed appropriately festive musical selections.

The first new construction at NEC since 1959, the $85 million SLPC is scheduled to open in 2017, to coincide with the Conservatory’s 150th anniversary. It will house a new residence hall with 250 beds, a two-level library for audio and print resources, a new dining commons, a black box opera studio, large orchestra rehearsal space with acoustics mimicking Jordan Hall, and a small ensemble room with recording studio suited to jazz and contemporary improvisation.

Designed by Ann Beha Architects with Gensler as Associate Architect, the project will be built by Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company. Beha’s firm, which is headquartered in Boston, also steered the restoration of NEC’s historic Jordan Hall in 1994–1995, receiving numerous awards for historic preservation and illumination. Tishman previously executed the $21 million exterior renovations of the Conservatory’s four buildings in 2009–2010, winning numerous awards for historic preservation and green initiatives.

Funding the project through a combination of private philanthropy and financing, the Conservatory has raised more than $60 million in donations to date. Trustee Board Chair, Kennett F. Burnes, who presided over the groundbreaking, credited the “extraordinary” support of Board members, alumni, and others who are helping the Conservatory meet its fundraising goal.

“The Student Life and Performance Center will transform the life of NEC students, faculty, staff, and the community,” Burnes said. “It will reflect and augment the Conservatory’s eminence in Boston and in the world of music education and performance.”

Along with its state of the art venues and facilities, the SLPC will also fill a more mundane gap—that is, spaces where students can just hang out. “When I was a student back in the 1980’s, if we needed to find someone, we either left a note taped to Beethoven (the statue in the Jordan Hall building) or hung out on the steps of Jordan Hall, hoping, by chance, our paths would cross,” recalled Trustee Deborah Elfers ’82 in her remarks. “I can’t imagine what it will be like for students and faculty to have gathering spaces—for the first time!—and how that will enable the spontaneous collaboration between different musical specialties, so necessary for a musician’s evolution…It’s just this collaborative environment that makes NEC stand out from the rest—it’s what we have become known for.”

For further information on the SLPC, check the NEC Website here

In photo L to R: Overseer Hope Baker, architect Ann Beha, Trustees Thomas Blumenthal, Wendy Shattuck, Michael Thonis, Deborah Elfers; Board Chair Kennett F. Burnes; Overseer Helen Powell; President Tony Woodcock; Life Trustee Steven Friedlaender. Photo by Pierce Harmon

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St. Botolph Entrance, Bike Racks, Parking Lot Closure, Offices Moving

May 1 Update

Dear NEC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

ST. BOTOLPH BUILDING MAIN ENTRANCE:

You’ll be pleased to learn that construction of the handicapped ramp is wrapping up and the Main Entrance of 241 St. Botolph Street will re-open on Friday, May 1. That means you will not need to access the building from the basement door.  Indeed, the basement door will also be closing permanently on May 1.

REMINDERS:

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY: May 5 at 3:30 pm in the white tent on St. Botolph St. Parking Lot. Don’t miss this celebration. Cookies and cake refreshments to be served.

PARKING LOT CLOSURE: The St. Botolph parking lot will close permanently as of Monday, May 4. This means that College and Prep faculty may use the lot through Saturday, May 2.

BICYCLE PARKING: On May 19, 2015, the bicycle parking area located in the Residence Hall Courtyard will be closed until August 21, 2015 due to work associated with construction of the Student Life and Performance Center. Please use racks to the left of the Jordan Hall entrance, and beginning May 19 near the St. Botolph Building main entrance.

NEW ALERTS:

OFFICE MOVES:  With the coming demolition of SB 113 (the annex), the closing of the parking lot, and other SLPC-related construction work, the following offices will be moving:

Entrepreneurial Musicianship:
As of May 18 to SB 320
As of Aug. 7 to SB 227

Student Services:
As of May 18, Shi Teeters, Hegland, Vaughn to SB 309
T. Handel to SB 380
B. Winkley, A Wolniak to SB 311
As of Aug. 10, all personnel to SB 225

Jazz/CI:
As of May 18, DiGiorgio to Admissions until 6/5
Schaphorst, Macadam-Somer, Netsky to TBA
As of Aug. 15, all personnel, 295 Huntington, Room 205

Health Services:
Closed for the summer
As of Aug. 17, 295 Huntington, Room 309

As always, if you have questions, contact Mike Ryan ( 617-585-1187), Karen Kidd
(617-585-1181) or Ellen Pfeifer  (617-585-1143).

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