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Tufts tackles more than 60 construction projects this summer

Posted by Your Town  July 30, 2013 05:51 PM

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Tufts University is tackling more than 60 construction projects this summer, including substantial renovations to an auditorium and academic building, and the completion of a sailing pavilion.

The school said in a statement today that the Cohen Auditorium, which is part of the Aidekman Arts Center, will get a new ceiling and floor, as well as seating and lighting. The stage will be handicapped accessible, and workers plan to install a new roof.

According to the statement, classrooms and offices are being added to a section of Halligan Hall, and the front of the building will be restored.

Crews also expect to finish the Lawrence S. Bacow and Adele Fleet Bacow Sailing Pavilion on Upper Mystic Lake, which is named after the former Tufts president and his wife. The pavilion will house a carpenter’s shop, 44 boats, locker rooms, an observation deck, and a space to hold functions.

Rudi Pizzi, the director of projects administration, said in the statement that all the construction -- no matter how small -- is essential work that needs to be done.

“It is very important for the university to maintain its existing buildings, site, infrastructure and equipment,” Pizzi said. “As we make these improvements, our investment through deferred maintenance will create a better environment for all in Tufts community.”

Other smaller scale projects include: the data center at the Tufts Administration Building is undergoing a complete renovation; crews will repair windows and the roof, as well as install mechanical systems in the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center; Dowling Hall is undergoing exterior repairs.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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