Photograph by Cassie LeBel
By Taylor Baker
Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) looked a bit different when students returned from their spring break. While most students spent the week relaxing or catching up on studying, construction began at 4Cs in an effort to replace the stairs and ramps by the main entrance. This is just the first phase in a construction project that aims to improve on-campus accessibility.
The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is funding the construction project, costing over $2.5 million dollars. Doug Terry, the Coordinator for the Center for Student Access and Support, said that the three phases of construction must be completed quickly as there is a deadline set for June 30, 2019. Jones Architecture is credited with the design of the project, with Sciaba Construction Corporation signed on as the contractor.
“The pathways around campus and the buildings have been a significant issue for ADA accessibility,” Terry said, referring to guidelines put in place by the Americans with Disabilities Act. “The main entrance to the college and up to the Commons building are the worst areas for accessibility.”
Terry reassures that the college is making a conscious effort to keep students and staff up to date during these next few months of construction. Maps featuring alternate routes to get across campus have been created (see page 8) and golf carts are available for transportation purposes.
Phase One of construction stretches from the main entrance to Grossman Commons, and may affect students whose routine includes the Wilkens Library, Nickerson Building, Tilden Arts or the commons. A press release also recommends parking in lots 3 and 4 during this time.
The next phase will create a shorter path between the Nickerson Building and the Wilkens Library, temporarily closing the walkway and stairs between the two buildings while a walkway is being built.
Finally, the path behind the commons, the Lorusso Technology Building and Life Fitness Center will be torn up and repaved. This pathway will be closed completely while it’s being replaced.
https://capecod.edu/construction/ is the best place for students, staff and faculty to stay up to date on the construction process, as well as to view any changes to the alternate routes featured on the maps.