April 14, 2011

Plans for the Bohannon site and improvements to Hamlin Quad

Plans for the demolition of the Bohannon building are well under way and we would like to provide an update to the campus community.

We are happy to announce that the demolition of Bohannon will take place this summer over a two month period. The removal of interior materials was recently completed and much was salvaged and sold for scrap. We have tracked all the material removed and, as part of our sustainability policy, have been able to divert much of this material from local landfills.

Following the removal of the building, there will be two significant campus improvements. Continuing our green initiatives, the Bohannon site will be transformed to include rain gardens and surface parking—providing approximately 260 spaces, which is a net gain of 180 spaces. The area will be designed to meet new environmental and ecological standards to reduce storm water runoff, and will require an additional six to eight weeks to create. If you can be proud of a parking area, this will be the one!

Hamlin Quad will be enhanced for greater use. Grading and sloping of the Quad, improved drainage, and an irrigation system will allow the Quad to support a natural turf regulation size playing field for soccer and lacrosse. This will create a much-needed practice field and relieve scheduling pressures on the football field. Not only will this provide practice space but it will also bring back the activity level that many remember on Hamlin Quad, along with creating an alternate location for other major outdoor campus events.

This summer construction schedule is ambitious and dependent upon weather. The additional parking may not be ready for the start of school. It is likely that we will need to provide some shuttle service to campus until the project is completed.

This green initiative and the creation of the much-needed athletic field are the results of gifts to John Carroll. Just as the gifts that made Bohannon possible and created a building that provided the University more than 40 years of service, we are sure that these enhancements will offer years of benefits to the University.