Check this page regularly for construction alerts that might affect activities and movement on campus.
There will be a brief power outage on Monday morning, April 15, from 5 - 7 a.m. as crews work to reconnect electricity for Cromwell Cottage. Buildings impacted by this outage include: Cromwell Cottage, Lentz House, Gund Gallery, Rosse/Storer, and Library A through C.
Right before spring break we sent out an update regarding the start of the new turf field project. The start of the project was delayed until this week and you are now seeing construction fence and signage going up around the site.
Please do not use the paths that run down the hill to the KAC. The best route to the KAC is along the sidewalk along Duff Street. You can pass through the parking lot behind Peirce to get to Duff Street or walk down Duff Street from Wiggin Street. This map (PDF) highlights, in red, the best routes to the KAC. The area in yellow should be avoided.
There is a scheduled power outage for Gund Gallery on Monday, Mar. 11, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building will be without power during this time and it will not be operating on emergency power from the generator.
Gaskin Avenue from Scott Lane to Brooklyn Street will be closed to vehicular traffic on Monday, Mar. 4, from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Gaskin Avenue will remain open from Wiggin Street to Scott Lane. This closure is required for crane operations associated with replacing equipment on the roof of the bookstore.
The sidewalk on the east side of Gaskin Ave. will be passable for pedestrians throughout most of the road closure. The sidewalk will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for the first crane pick and again from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. for the second crane pick. During these closures northbound pedestrians will be routed down Scott Lane to the lower level connector wing entrance for access to the Bookstore and Gambier Deli.
Construction of new playing field begins
Work is scheduled to begin next week on the new synthetic playing field that will serve field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and several club and intramural sports next fall. The new field will be constructed along Duff Street just west of the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC), in the area known as the Benson Bowl, and will include a reworking of nearby sidewalks to ease the walk up the hill to South Campus.
Contractors will begin installing fencing around the construction area the week of March 4. Pedestrians should use the sidewalk along Duff Street to access the KAC during the construction.
As part of the site preparations, 15 small trees will be transplanted to other areas of campus. Four mature trees will be removed, three of which are either unhealthy or dying. The trees will be replaced as part of Kenyon’s tree-care plan.
The community is asked to exercise care as trucks enter and exit the construction area.
The construction is expected to be completed in August.
North College Road from Wiggin Street to the Science Quad will remain closed through Sunday to allow additional cure time for the new concrete pavement. North College Road will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11.
North College Road from Wiggin Street to the Science Quad will be closed to all traffic Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9.
Construction traffic combined with the recent freeze thaw cycles have resulted in rapid deterioration of the North College Road pavement. Crews will be working Friday and Saturday to remove damaged sections of pavement and replace them with concrete.
The road closure will start at 2 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. The road is expected to reopen on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 a.m. All vehicles parked along North College Road will need to be removed by 2 a.m. on Feb 8. Vehicles remaining after repair work starts will not be able to exit past the repairs.
Village Construction Updates
President Decatur and his family have temporarily relocated to a home not far from campus in Gambier while Cromwell Cottage undergoes repairs related to last month's fire. Renovations are expected to take several months to complete.
West Quad Construction
Construction of the West Quad enters a new phase next week as concrete is poured for the future Kenyon Commons library. Please continue to exercise caution as trucks enter and exit the construction site. Follow along on the webcam as the West Quad construction moves forward.
Revised Hours in Study Spaces Dec. 15 - 21
The hours for a number of buildings and study spaces will be extended during the exam period. Please refer to the list below for details or visit Study Spaces During the Construction of the Kenyon Commons.
Interim Library Buildings A, B, and C on Ransom Lawn
Friday, Dec. 14: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16: 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 17, through Thursday, Dec. 20: 8 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday Dec. 21: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Card access after 9 p.m.
North Study Building Near Watson Hall
Friday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 15: 6 a.m. – midnight
Sunday, Dec. 16, through Thursday, Dec. 20: 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Card access required at all times.
Second and Third Floor Ascension Hall
Friday, Dec. 14, through Saturday, Dec. 15: 7 a.m. – midnight
Sunday, Dec. 16, through Thursday, Dec. 20: 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Card access after 5:30 p.m.
Thomas Hall, Peirce Hall
Open 24 hours 7 days a week.
Gund Commons Computer Lab and Game Room
Open 24 hours 7 days a week
Gund Residence Hall Lounge
Open 24 hours 7 days a week for all students
Card access required at all times.
First Floor of R-17 (Former Snowden House)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.
Card access required.
Crozier Center for Women
9 a.m. – midnight
Card access required.
Other Buildings Frequently Used by Students
In addition, the following spaces will also have revised hours throughout the week. These include:
Construction traffic on North College Road is increasing this week and will continue to be heavy throughout the close of the calendar year. As a result, North College Road from Wiggin Street to Horvitz Hall is closed to pedestrian traffic and bicycles. Please observe the posted signs. Vehicular traffic should use extra caution when navigating the area and should follow direction from any posted traffic control personnel.
North College Road will be closed Monday, Oct. 29 as crews work to patch the asphalt.
Kokosing Construction Company will begin paving operations on Chase Ave. (SR 308) Tuesday, Oct. 9. Operations will be taking place between Wiggin Street and Coshocton Road (SR 36). There will be no parking along Chase from Wiggin to Brooklyn Street starting Oct. 9. Paving operations are expected to continue through Monday, Oct. 15. The tentative schedule for the paving operations is as follows (weather dependent):
• Tuesday/Wednesday: milling operations
• Thursday: linear grading of the shoulders
• Friday: northbound lane paving — start at Wiggin
• Saturday: southbound lane paving — start at Wiggin
• Monday: paving intersections/striping
This work is being performed under the direction of the Ohio Department of Transportation and was not coordinated by Kenyon College or the Village of Gambier.
There is a water service shutdown scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Horvitz Hall on Oct. 6. Crews will be working to change over the water service connection to the new main extension that was completed along North College Road last week.
As part of this shutdown, there is potential for a shutdown of water service at Hayes, Higley, Fischman and Tomsich. Shutdown for these buildings will only be required in the event that the valve at the connection point does not hold. Kenyon maintenance personnel will be present to prepare the these buildings in the event that a water shutdown is required.
Event/meeting room guidelines during West Quad construction
Given the adjustments to spaces around campus due to west quad construction, several meeting/event spaces on campus will be subject to reservation limitations. These policies will remain in effect during West Quad construction or until further notice. Events already confirmed in Kenyon Reservations will remain in place as scheduled. New reservations will be subject to the following guidelines:
Questions should be directed to Carol Duvall in the Office of Campus Events in Eaton Center (2nd floor, North Side) at 740-427-5139.
Two brief power outages scheduled will impact most of South Campus on Sept. 29 from 6:45 - 7 a.m. and Oct. 1 from 6:30 - 6:45 a.m. Buildings impacted include: English Cottage, Lentz, Cromwell, Gund Gallery, Bailey, Sunset, Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Horvitz, Science Quad (Hayes, Higley, Sam Mater, Tomsich), Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Tafts, Bushnell, Manning, Maintenance, Ransom and Stephens, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Library Modulars A through C.
Please avoid using elevators during these shutdown periods as the majority of elevators are not equipped with battery lowering systems.
As part of this shutdown Bailey House will be without power from 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 29 through 6:45 a.m. on Oct 1.
North College Road from the Science Quad to Horvitz Hall will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through Thursday, Sept., 27, as crews work to complete the water line extension.
Olin and Chalmers Demolition. Abatement work is complete and demolition is expected to begin this week. Watch the progress on a new West Quad webcam.
Village Retail and Gaskin Avenue Fencing. This week, construction workers will relocate the fence in the middle of Gaskin Avenue to the edge of the sidewalk. Village Council has decided to maintain Gaskin Avenue as a northbound one-way street, with angled parking on both sides of the street. Council will revisit the decision next year after Gaskin is repaved. The College will paint the new parking spaces along the edge of the fence later this week.
The Gambier Deli will gain access to the building next to the Kenyon Bookstore in October, and Chilitos Fresh Mex and Margaritas will have access to the center building by November. All three buildings are expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
Other spaces within the new buildings will be used as temporary study spaces during the construction of the Kenyon Commons project, and four apartments that will house 20 students on the top floors of the three buildings will be ready for occupancy in the spring semester of 2019.
Tree Removal. Two dying trees near the sidewalk between Samuel Mather Hall and Hanna Residence Hall will be removed next week due to safety concerns. A third dying tree at the entrance of the Middle Path gates also will be removed. Blue Denim Tree Service of Mount Vernon will carry out the work, and the trees will be replaced as part of Kenyon’s tree-care plan.
Paint-the-Wall Day, Sept. 29. Kenyon students have created a base design for the wall surrounding the West Quad construction site, and we invite the entire campus community to help paint it. No formal painting experience is needed; we'll provide supplies and direction. In addition to painting, enjoy food, live music, pumpkin carving and other fall activities on Ransom Lawn. Painting begins at 11 a.m., and we encourage groups and individuals to sign up in advance so that we can better organize volunteers. Learn more about this evolving art installation.
North College Road from Horvitz Hall to the Science Quad will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Monday, Sept. 24, and Tuesday, Sept. 25, as crews extend a section of the water main. This work will be taking place rain or shine.
Follow along on the webcam as the West Quad construction moves forward.
There are two brief power outages scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, that will impact most of South Campus from 7 - 7:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Buildings impacted include: English Cottage, Lentz, Cromwell, Gund Gallery, Bailey, Sunset, Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Horvitz, Science Quad (Hayes, Higley, Sam Mater, Tomsich), Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Tafts, Bushnell, Manning, Maintenance, Ransom and Stephens, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Library Modulars A through C.
Please plan to avoid using elevators during these shutdown periods as the majority of elevators are not equipped with battery lowering systems. Notices will be posted at the elevators in the buildings impacted. This work is required to terminate power at Olin and Chalmers prior to building demolition commencing.
As part of this shutdown, Bailey House will be without power from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ADA Parking. Please review the most recent version of the interim parking map for updated ADA parking locations. Expanded ADA parking in areas near the West Quad will include two spaces behind Lentz House, five spaces in front of Peirce Hall, four spaces in the lot at Peirce's north entrance, and one space directly behind Horvitz Hall.
Expanded student parking area near the KAC (South Lot 3). This year 145 new spaces next to the outdoor tennis courts have been designated for students. Other changes include increased lighting in the area and shuttle service between the bookstore and the new parking lot as part of the Knox Area Transit's regular service between Gambier and Mount Vernon. Watch for emails regarding schedule details.
Study Space Recap. In addition to the modular units, a variety of spaces on campus have been configured with furniture from Olin and Chalmers to provide areas conducive to individual and group study. View a list of study spaces.
Library Services. Library services relocated earlier this summer to the three modular buildings next to Ransom Hall. Designated Library A, B and C, the buildings house the following services and resources:
English Buildings. English professors will move into the new office building next to Lentz House on Aug. 27. The second English building under construction, next to Bailey House, will be completed mid semester.
Fencing and Building Access. Installation of the fence around the West Quad area should be complete by the end of the month. After Aug. 21, please avoid parking in the library lot, which will close after the English faculty complete their move. A new road from College Road is scheduled for completion this week and will facilitate access to the English buildings, Bailey House and Cromwell Cottage. New sidewalks on the north side of Hayes Hall and along the north side of Rosse Hall provide access to Horvitz Hall and the ADA entrance of Storer Hall (see map).
Olin and Chalmers. Olin and Chalmers Libraries have now been turned over to the construction company. Abatement work is taking place and demolition is expected to begin in October.
Village Retail Spaces. Construction fencing will be pulled back from Gaskin Avenue in September. The Gambier Deli will gain access to the building next to the Kenyon Bookstore in October, and Chilitos Fresh Mex and Margaritas will have access to the center building by November. All three buildings are expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
Other spaces within the new buildings will be used as temporary study spaces during the two-year construction of the Kenyon Commons project, and four apartments that will house 20 students on the top floors of the three buildings will be ready for occupancy in the spring semester of 2019.
Please refer to the image below for accessible routes in and around the newly constructed fence for the West Quad construction project. Accessible routes are shown in purple. Construction areas and fencing are shown in orange.
Access to Horvitz Hall from Middle Path is available via a newly constructed sidewalk on the north side of Hayes Hall south of the cemetery.
Access to the ADA accessible entrance at Storer Hall is available via a newly constructed sidewalk on the north side of Storer Hall from the main entrance to the ramp.
Access to Bailey House and Sunset Cottage is available through gates in the construction fence on a temporary basis until the faculty in Sunset Cottage move over to the new English cottage near Lentz House. This move is planned to take place prior to the start of the semester. Parking in the Olin and Chalmers lot will be available on a limited basis during this time. Please use extra caution in this area as construction crews and equipment will also be using the parking lot.
Access to Lentz House is available from the north. The new access road from College Road between the new English cottages is scheduled to be completed next week.
Olin and Chalmers Library has been turned over to the construction company and is officially a construction site. Please observe the posted signage restricting access to authorized personnel only.
The final power outage for the South Campus underground power distribution project is scheduled for this evening, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m., through Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7 a.m.
Buildings impacted: Lentz, Cromwell, Gund Gallery, Bailey, Sunset, Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Horvitz, Science Quad (Hayes, Higley, Sam Mater, Tomsich), Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Tafts, Bushnell, Manning, Maintenance, Ransom and Stephens, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Library Modulars A through C.
Striping of several parking areas on campus will take place Monday and Tuesday next week. These spaces will be unavailable in the morning and will reopen for use in the afternoon.
Monday, Aug. 6: Peirce Hall south lot - north half; West side of College Park Street from Ransom to Ascension (Ascension lot will remain open); Watson; Norton; Lewis.
Tuesday, Aug. 7: Peirce Hall south lot - south half; Peirce Hall north lot; Chapel circle; outdoor tennis courts.
Interim Parking During West Quad Construction
As the West Quad construction project continues, we ask that employees and students review the interim parking map (PDF) shared earlier this year. With the construction of an additional south parking lot for students, the College has designated the lot behind Peirce as well as the parking areas near Lewis, Norton and Bexley halls for employees during the West Quad construction. Specific changes include:
There are three remaining dates for power outages required to complete the new underground electrical distribution on South Campus. The schedule for these outages is as follows:
There is a power shutdown starting at 10 p.m. this evening and lasting through 7 a.m. Friday, July 27. This shutdown is required to bring Gund Gallery onto the new underground power grid. Buildings without power include: Cromwell Cottage, Lentz House, Gund Gallery , Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Library Modulars A through C. The 15 minute power shutdown that was going to impact most of South Campus at 10 p.m. this evening has been canceled. The only buildings impacted by this power shutdown are as stated above.
There is a power shutdown starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, July 26, and lasting through 7 a.m. Friday, July 27. This shutdown is required to bring Gund Gallery onto the new underground power grid. Buildings without power include: Cromwell Cottage, Lentz House, Gund Gallery , Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Library Modulars A through C.
As part of this shutdown there will be a brief shutdown, approximately 15 minutes, impacting most of South campus July 26 at 10 p.m. Buildings included in the 15 minute shutdown are: Lentz, Cromwell, Gund Gallery, Bailey, Sunset, Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Horvitz, Science Quad, Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Tafts, Bushnell, Manning, Maintenance, Ransom and Stephens, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Library Modulars A through C.
Friday morning, July 20, from approximately 7 a.m. to noon, contractors will be on campus at the intersection of Wiggin Street and College Drive. They will set up in the wooded area directly east of the new English buildings. We do not anticipate them causing any disruption. They will be pulling new conduit as part of the library construction project.
There will be a power shutdown starting at 10 p.m., July 18, and lasting through 7 a.m. the following morning. This shutdown is required to bring the New English Cottages onto the grid. Buildings without power include: Cromwell Cottage, Lentz House, Gund Gallery , Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Library Modulars A through C.
As part of this shutdown there will be a brief shutdown, approximately 15 minutes, impacting most of South campus on July 18 at 10 p.m. and on July 19 at approximately 6 a.m.
Buildings included in the 15 minute shutdowns are: Lentz, Crowell, Gund Gallery, Bailey, Sunset, Olin and Chalmers, Rosse and Storer, Horvitz, Science Quad, Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Tafts, Bushnell, Manning, Maintenance, Ransom and Stephens, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and Library Modulars A through C.
With the relocation of library services to the interim buildings on Ransom Lawn, work begins on the next phase of West Quad construction:
Tree removal across the 4.5 acre site will begin this week. The majority of trees are young or middle-aged landscaping trees planted after the construction of Horvitz Hall and Gund Gallery. Among the mature trees slated for removal are several close to Sunset Cottage, which will be cut to help protect and preserve the building during the construction. The trees will be replaced as part of Kenyon's tree-care plan.
Crews will mobilize Wednesday, July 18. Equipment will be staged on the south half of the Olin and Chalmers parking lot as crews begin removing trees on the east and south sides of Olin and Chalmers.
The equipment staging area will shift to the north side of the Olin and Chalmers parking lot on Thursday, July 19, as crews complete the tree removal required around Sunset Cottage and Bailey House.
Work is expected to be complete by Saturday, July 21.
Please use extra precaution when moving in and around this area while the tree removal is in process. Red danger tape will be used to demarcate areas where trees are being cut. Spotters will be provided to direct equipment and pedestrians as debris is hauled from the tree removal site to the Olin and Chalmers lot for processing.
Library Services Now Available in Interim Spaces
Library services resumed June 25 in the three modular buildings next to Ransom Hall. Designated Library A, B and C, the buildings house the following services and resources:
The buildings total 13,680 square feet, and each has student study space and accessible bathrooms.
Library staff are processing requests for books and other media through CONSORT, OhioLINK and inter-library loan (Tipasa). Items may be picked up from and returned to Library B.
Other services that have recently relocated from Olin and Chalmers include: User Services and Institutional Research (Bexley Hall), the Writing Center and Student Accessibility and Support Services (Peirce Hall), the Center for Innovative Pedagogy (Edwards House), and Information Technology Services (Farr Hall).
West Quad Site Preparations
With the relocation of library services to the interim buildings on Ransom Lawn, work begins on the next phase of West Quad construction:
The new English building next to Lentz House will be finished in August in time for 12 faculty members to move in before classes start. The second English building under construction, next to Bailey House, will have two seminar rooms and three offices; the seminar rooms will likely be available for use in the second half of the fall semester.
Three new Gaskin Avenue retail buildings will be complete by the end of 2018. The building next to the renovated Kenyon Bookstore will be finished first so that the Gambier Deli can re-establish its operations there in the fall. Mount Vernon businessman José Avalos has leased space in the center building to set up his Chilitos Fresh Mex and Margaritas restaurant.
Other spaces within the new buildings will be used as temporary study spaces during the two-year construction of the Kenyon Commons library, and four student apartments that will house 20 students on the top floors of the three buildings will be ready for occupancy in the spring semester of 2019.
Power shutdowns are scheduled for Rosse/Storer and Olin/Chalmers Wednesday night, July 11, and Thursday night, July 12, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Olin/Chalmers will be operating off of the emergency generator for the duration of the shutdown.
Power for Gund Gallery will be shutdown for approximately 15 minutes at 10 p.m. and again at 5:45 a.m. both nights to allow workers to remove fuses. Gund Gallery will transfer to the emergency generator as well during these shutdowns.
Power will be shutoff to Lentz House and Cromwell Cottage this Saturday, July 7, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crews will be working to transfer the incoming power from the temporary overhead to the new underground.
Library services resume today at 8:30 a.m. in the interim spaces on Ransom Lawn. Librarians' offices will be found in Library A (closest to Middle Path). Access Services, Reference, and Helpline reside in Library B (the middle building), and Special Collections and Archives will be found in Library C (closest to Peirce).
Olin and Chalmers remains closed to the public. Library staff will continue to process requests for books and a/v material through CONSORT and OhioLINK, while requests for books, AV materials, articles, and other items not available through those channels may be requested via inter-library loan (Tipasa). Books and other items may be picked up at and returned to Library B.
Visit the LBIS homepage for up-to-date information on our progress as we continue to work through this transition.
A power service interruption has been scheduled from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, through 6 a.m. on Friday, June 15, for the South Campus loop. Crews will be working to patch over power to the modular buildings on Ransom Lawn.
Buildings impacted include: Lentz, Cromwell, Bailey, Sunset, the Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers, Rosse/Storer, Horvitz, Hayes, Higley, Tomsich, Sam Mather, Hanna, Old Kenyon, Bushnell, Manning, Tafts, East Maintenance, Leonard, Ransom and the Church of the Holy Spirit.
The road that leads from the Maintenance Building to the Higley Hall loading dock will be closed on Monday, June 11, for paving operations. Deliveries for the Science Quad will be received at the Maintenance Building loading dock and will be delivered to the package room in the Science Quad on Tuesday, June 12.
From June 5-7, two sections of College Park Street, the Gund Commons parking lot and the Peirce Hall south lot will be re-paved.
The College Park Street work will require the shut down of the street from Wiggin Street to the Peirce Hall lot (including the Chapel loop). In order to access the Peirce Hall lot, you will need to come up to campus from south College Park Street. A second section of the street, the area in front of Ascension Hall, will involve traffic guards stationed at each entrance of the Bolton loop while the road is closed to monitor traffic coming to/from Peirce Lot.
The work crew will grind out the existing entry and place new asphalt to create a smoother transition into the Gund Commons parking lot and into the Peirce Hall south lot (off Duff Street). The entire parking lots will be closed during this time (June 6). We expect that this work will be complete by the end of the following day (June 7).
North College Road will be intermittently closed to through traffic on May, 30, so that two trees may be removed to complete the conduit pathway for the power and data distribution to the new English buildings and West Quad project. Road closures of up to 30 minutes at a time are expected throughout the removal process. The road will be partially opened to allow traffic to pass as the work permits. Blue Denim Tree Service of Mount Vernon will carry out the work. The trees are situated on the east side of North College Road and will be replaced as part of Kenyon’s tree-care plan.
A power outage for most of south campus has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, from 5 to 7 a.m. Buildings impacted include: Lentz, Cromwell, Bailey, Sunset, Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers, Rosse/Storer, Horvitz, Hayes, Higley, Tomsich, Sam Mather, Hanna, Old Kenyon, Bushnell, Manning, Tafts, East Maintenance Leonard, Ransom, and Church of the Holy Spirit.
Construction crews will be working to route conduits across Middle Path to the Ransom Lawn modular buildings starting Monday, May 7. A section of Middle Path will be closed as part of this work. The map detailing the next phase of the conduit work can be viewed here and below. The area under is shown in orange. Accessible routes around the Middle Path closure are shown in purple.
Construction crews will be transitioning from Phase 2 to Phase 3 of the planned conduit work tomorrow morning, April 20. The map detailing the next phase of the conduit work can be viewed here (also below). The area under construction is shown in orange. Accessible routes to Rosse/Storer around the construction area are shown in purple.
Construction crews will be transitioning from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the planned conduit work tomorrow morning, April 13. There has been a slight modification to the area involved in Phase 2 per this image (also below), where the area under construction is shown in orange. Accessible routes to Olin/Chalmers from Middle Path are shown in purple.
Farr Hall Demolition Begins: Demolition of Farr Hall will begin Monday, April 2, in the next phase of construction in the Village. Roads will remain open, and personnel will direct traffic as trucks and excavation equipment enter the fenced construction site from Brooklyn Street. The process is expected to take approximately four weeks.
The building is undergoing professional asbestos abatement this week to prevent any of the material from becoming airborn during the demolition. Older buildings containing asbestos do not pose a health risk unless they are renovated or torn down, at which point abatement is required to prevent asbestos fibers from becoming airborn where they can be inhaled. The abatement of Farr Hall will be completed tomorrow.
The phased downtown revitalization plan has improved access to Middle Path, added new apartments for students and increased modern retail space, such as the new Village Market on Chase Avenue and the renovated Kenyon Bookstore. In the next stage of the project, crews are demolishing Farr Hall to replace it with smaller mixed-use buildings offering retail and restaurant space, with student residences above.
Some of the retail spaces built this spring will serve as temporary student study spaces during the construction of the Kenyon Commons library that begins this fall. The Gambier Deli will occupy one of the retail spaces, and another space will open in the fall as a restaurant and bar called Chilitos Fresh Mex and Margaritas. Chilitos will include outdoor seating in the courtyard behind Farr that was formed by the completion of the Unity and Snowden student residence buildings last summer. The student apartments being built in the Gaskin Avenue retail buildings are scheduled to be ready for the spring of 2019.
Laundry Facility Reopens: The laundry facility below the Bookstore has reopened. The facility, which was closed during the Bookstore renovation, includes eight coin-operated washers and eight dryers and is located on the east side of the building.
Modular Units Arrive: The modular units that will house interim library services and provide student study space during the construction of the new Kenyon Commons library will arrive in sections next week, starting Monday, March 26. Twenty-three 12’ x 60’ sections will be transported by trucks and assembled on site. Trucks will make deliveries twice daily on March 26 - 28, between 11 a.m. and noon and between 3 and 4 p.m. Additional deliveries to Ransom Lawn and the area next to Watson are expected on March 29 and 30. Campus Safety will direct traffic as trucks arrive on College Park Street to enter the fenced area on Ransom Lawn and unload each unit. Parking areas at the Church of the Holy Spirit and Peirce and Ascension halls will remain open. Assembly of the buildings, three on Ransom Lawn and one next to Watson, is expected to be complete by Friday afternoon.
Conduit Work: Construction crews will excavate several areas on campus to install power and fiber optic cable conduits between March 26 and April 20. The conduit work must be carried out during the semester in order to relocate the College’s library services from Olin to the interim library space in June.
The work includes five phases, each lasting approximately four days. During each phase, construction crews will fence off a designated area, excavate a four-foot deep trench, install the conduit, and restore and reseed the area (view map).
Pedestrians should navigate around the affected areas, using alternate paths and walkways as needed.
Tentative Excavation Schedule:
March 26-29 Phase 1: Between Cromwell and Gund Gallery
March 30 - April 4 Phase 2: In front of Gund Gallery and Olin Library
April 5-10 Phase 3: Between Olin and Rosse Hall
April 11-16 Phase 4: Back entrance to Storer
Construction Project Manager Seth Millam will share construction updates should schedules change.
Inside the Future Kenyon Commons Library: View a rendering of the atrium in Kenyon's future library, scheduled for completion in August 2020.
Village Construction Continues: With the renovated Kenyon Bookstore set to reopen this Friday, the next phase of the Village revitalization begins. Construction of new retail and student living spaces will mean temporary changes to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on Gaskin Avenue (see map). Beginning Monday, March 19, construction crews will:
Demolition work on Farr Hall is scheduled to begin the last week in March. Farr will be replaced by several smaller, mixed-use buildings, offering retail and restaurant space with student residences above. The Gambier Deli will occupy one of the spaces and Chilitos, a new restaurant, will be located on the ground floor of the middle building, facing the former location of the Gambier Grill. Other retail spaces being built this spring will serve as temporary student study spaces during the upcoming construction of the Kenyon Commons library.
Bookstore Celebration: Join President Sean Decatur and Bookstore Manager Angus MacDonell for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Kenyon College Bookstore on Thursday, March 22, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The symbolic purple ribbon cutting will follow a short program. Refreshments will be provided including cake, lemonade and iced tea. The Bookstore resumes business in its new location today, March 16.
Two manholes are scheduled to be installed in the section of Middle Path between Sam Mather and Ascension Hall beginning on Wednesday, March 7, with an anticipated completion date of Friday, March 9.
This section of the path will be closed for the duration of construction. Pedestrian traffic will be diverted via barricades to the ancillary paths on the east and west sides of Middle Path.
Site Preparation for Interim Library Services Begins: Work begins March 5 to prepare Ransom Lawn and the area next to Watson Hall for four temporary modular units that will house library services and provide study space during construction of the new Kenyon Commons library. Construction crews will install temporary fencing around both areas and establish access points for utilities and the Kenyon network. In addition, five trees — four ginkgo trees on Ward Street between Brooklyn Street and the Lewis/Gund parking lot and a hollow basswood tree between the Norton/Gund and Watson lots — will be removed so that one of the units can be transported from Ward Street to the Watson lot. The trees will be replaced as part of Kenyon's tree-care plan. The modular units will begin arriving the week of March 21 and construction is expected to last until mid-May.
Three modular units on Ransom Lawn, totaling approximately 14,000 square feet, will host the library’s core services, including circulation, research and reference, Helpline, special collections and archives, public printers, periodicals, new books, computer workstations, and study spaces. The Bloomberg terminal and the current Mac computers from the metamedia lab will also be available in these units.
The fourth space, a 3,000-square-foot modular building between Watson and Norton halls, will provide seating for approximately 105 students. Other interim study spaces have been planned throughout the campus and village when construction on the Kenyon Commons begins this August.
Related work during spring break includes the installation of fiber conduits between Middle Path and Higley and Ascension Halls. The new conduits will connect to an existing underground fiber conduit system beneath Middle Path. A section of Middle Path between Ascension and Higley will be closed while the work is completed, and foot traffic will be directed along mulch pathways. The conduit installation should be complete by the end of spring break.
Bookstore Move Scheduled for Spring Break: As renovations to the Kenyon Bookstore near completion, the Bookstore will close March 12-15 to move to its permanent home on the south end of Farr Hall. Those with newspaper subscriptions can pick up their newspapers on those days from the current location. Bookstore operations are expected to resume by March 16.
Refresh for Ransom's First Floor. Work to refurbish the first-floor area of Ransom Hall begins today, February 5. The six-week project is scheduled for completion before the spring visit season. Signage will direct visitors to access the building through the adjacent Stephens Hall entrance, and the admissions desk will be moved temporarily to the Norton Room while the work is underway.
The project includes updated furnishings for the visitors’ lobby, the Norton Room and several office areas and will refresh the space in ways that will benefit current and future occupants of the historic building. The current furnishings date from 1995.
Originally known as the Alumni Library, Ransom Hall was built in 1910 and renamed in 1962 to honor John Crowe Ransom, the founding editor of the Kenyon Review. Throughout its history, it has served as home to a variety of offices and services, including the library, the office of the president, the provost, and admissions.
The admissions office will continue to occupy Ransom and Stephens halls for approximately three-and-a-half years, at which point it will relocate to the West Quad. The College will then determine a future use for Ransom in keeping with its historic significance and location.
Parking plans during West Quad construction take shape: In preparation for the West Quad construction project, the College has developed an interim parking plan that will take effect in June 2018. The plan includes the construction of an additional south parking lot for students. The Village Zoning Commission approved plans on Dec. 19 for the 145-space parking area next to the outdoor tennis courts. The additional student parking will allow the College to designate the Peirce lot as well as the parking areas near Lewis, Norton and the northwest side of Bexley for employees during the West Quad construction (see map). Specific changes include:
The Olin and Chalmers parking lot will close in June 2018 as library materials are moved to the storage building under construction on the east edge of the athletic facilities. The libraries will be demolished in the fall of 2018. Construction of the new Kenyon Commons library on the same location will take about two years, and the construction of the 268-space parking garage underneath the new West Quad is expected to be completed in 2021.
The final electric service interruption to complete the transfer to temporary, overhead power associated with the English Quad and West Quad projects is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 28. Crews will start at 7:30 a.m. with a brief outage impacting most of South Campus. After approximately 15 minutes power will be restored to several buildings already connected to the temporary overhead servicer. Information in detail is listed below.
7:30 - 7:45 a.m.
Buildings Impacted: Lentz House, Cromwell Cottage, Bailey House, Sunset Cottage, Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers Library, Rosse/Storer, Horvitz, Science Quad (Hayes, Higley, Sam Mather and Tomsich), Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Taft Cottages, Bushnell, Manning, West Maintenance, Ransom/Stephens, and the Church of the Holy Spirit
7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Buildings Impacted: Bailey House, Sunset Cottage, Horvitz, Science Quad (Hayes, Higley, Sam Mather and Tomsich), Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Taft Cottages, Bushnell, Manning, West Maintenance, Ransom/Stephens, and the Church of the Holy Spirit
Crews will begin setting up fencing and delivering equipment for the test pit in the library parking lot on Monday, Dec. 18. The pit will be located in the southwest corner of the parking lot. View a PDF of the excavation logistics. Work is scheduled to be complete and the parking area restored by Friday Dec. 22.
The test pit is needed to determine the exact means and methods required for excavating the hole for the West Quad Project. Excavation operations will be monitored and documented by a third-party engineering firm. Their report will eventually be distributed to companies bidding the work. The intent of this process is to eliminate as many unknowns as possible to ensure that bidders are providing the most accurate and competitive bids for the excavation work on the project.
The start time for Shutdowns #3 & #4 has been revised to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. Please see the revised schedule below.
Shutdown #2: Confirmed for Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 a.m. for 15 minutes or fewer
Buildings Impacted: Lentz, Cromwell, Bailey, Sunset, Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers, Rosse/Storer, Science Quad, Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Taft Cottages, Bushnell, Manning, West Maintenance, Ransom/Stephens, and Church of the Holy Spirit.
Shutdowns #3 & #4: Confirmed for Friday, Dec. 1 at 11:30 p.m. with power restored by Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m.
Buildings Impacted: Lentz House, Cromwell Cottage, Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers, and Rosse/Storer.
As part of the utility relocation work required for the new English Cottages and West Quad projects, there are a series of electric service interruptions required for the power loop that services South Campus. Please see the information below regarding confirmed and tentative dates and times for these interruptions.
Seth Millam will provide the campus community with additional email updates about these interruptions as tentative dates and times are confirmed.
Shutdown #1: Confirmed for Friday, Nov. 24 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Buildings Impacted: Lentz House, Cromwell Cottage, Bailey House, Sunset Cottage, Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers Library, Rosse/Storer, Science Quad (Hayes, Higley, Sam Mather and Tomsich), Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Taft Cottages, Bushnell, Manning, West Maintenance, Ransom/Stephens, and the Church of the Holy Spirit.
The Gund Gallery will retain scheduled hours of 1-7 p.m., operating off of generator power as needed.
Shutdown #2: Confirmed for Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 a.m. for 15 minutes or fewer
Buildings Impacted: Lentz, Cromwell, Bailey, Sunset, Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers, Rosse/Storer, Science Quad, Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Taft Cottages, Bushnell, Manning, West Maintenance, Ransom/Stephens, and the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Shutdowns #3 & #4: Confirmed for Friday, Dec. 1 at 10:30 p.m. with power restored by Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 a.m.
Buildings Impacted: Lentz House, Cromwell Cottage, Gund Gallery, Olin/Chalmers, and Rosse/Storer.
Shutdown #5: Tentative
Likely between Dec. 26 and Dec. 29 for 6 to 8 hours.
Buildings Impacted: Bailey House, Sunset Cottage, Science Quad, Hanna, Leonard, Old Kenyon, Taft Cottages, Bushnell, Manning, West Maintenance, Ransom/Stephens, and Church of the Holy Spirit.
Construction Update: Site Preparation for English Buildings. Beginning Monday, Oct. 16, please expect intermittent road closures for College Drive between Bailey House and Lentz house as crews begin tree removal required for construction of the two new English buildings and prepare to install fencing around the site. Please use the new temporary access road off College Road between Sunset Cottage and Horvitz Hall for access to the library parking lot. Barricades and signs will be posted to direct traffic during these intermittent closures. The temporary access road to the library lot will be in full-time use beginning Thursday, Oct. 19.
Construction Update: Temporary road between Sunset and Horvitz Hall. Work will begin on a temporary access road between Sunset Cottage and Horvitz Hall on Oct. 2 to facilitate the construction of two new English buildings. Once the road is complete, traffic to the library parking lot will be rerouted, and College Drive between Bailey House and Lentz House will be closed to all but construction vehicles.
Five parking spaces in the library lot will be eliminated to construct the new road. Nine small trees also will be removed and replaced as part of our overall land management program, which typically includes planting two new trees for every one removed. Pedestrian access between Lentz, Sunset and Bailey House will be maintained. The construction is part of the newly announced West Quad project.
Construction of the temporary road is expected to take two weeks.
Construction Update: Crane at Farr Hall. Starting Sept. 22, a crane will be in use in the alley directly behind Farr Hall. The crane is scheduled to remain over the next three weeks as work continues on the Bookstore Renovation.
Print/Mail Services and parcel services at the Bookstore will maintain normal operations during this time.
When traveling the alley, please observe the demarcation and personnel directing areas for safe pedestrian traffic. Please take extra precaution in this area as these safe pedestrian traffic areas are subject to slight changes on a daily basis to accommodate the lifting plan for the crane.