Renovation of the Stevens Building is under way and will continue through the early part of 2016.
The construction work includes demolition of the existing building and underground utilities as well as construction of a new building addition and new underground utilities.
Because of the small confines of the area, much of this work will impact a significant quantity of existing trees and plant materials to the east and west of the current building. The footprint of the existing building will expand eastward and westward; the parameters of tying into existing underground utilities place certain restrictions on the flexibility of routing new underground utilities.
By the very nature of demolition and construction work, large heavy equipment will be working next to the existing building structure slated for demolition and for the digging required for the construction of the new addition. Many of the existing trees are not only within a few feet of the existing structure but stand within this construction zone and will be subject to heavy construction traffic. Removal is required to facilitate the work.
Every effort has been made to minimize the impact on the existing landscape, with a commitment to replacing many of the trees lost, including the relocation of an existing specimen White Oak.
Once construction is completed, a new landscape plan will be implemented.