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Simmons Completion Schedule Extended

By Veena Ramaswamy


Construction of Simmons Hall, is still in the final stages, though now the dormitory’s expected date of completion has been pushed back from November to January.

Paul R. Curley, director of capital construction in the MIT Department of Facilities, said this week that the final phase of construction was scheduled to be complete by the end January. In a September interview, Curley stated the dormitory was scheduled to be complete by mid-November.

Phase I of the project, which consisted of residential floors two through ten, was completed in August. Phase II, consisting of the entire first floor (the kitchen and dining hall), began in September and is yet to be completed.

“We’re working very diligently on phase II now, specifically with finishing the dining hall,” Curley said. Curley expects the dining hall to be complete and ready for use by the end of the month and have the kitchen up and running by the end of January.

Residential work delays first floor

The delay in completion of phase II, according to Curley, was the result of workers being rushed to finish phase I.

“In order to get floors two through ten done on time in August, we had to postpone phase II,” Curley said. “We really had to start from scratch with phase II at the end of August, when phase I was complete,” he explained.

Simmons resident said she Melissa P. Wu ’05 finds the first floor delays to be a nuisance. “It’s annoying that everything’s delayed and that we won’t be having a dining hall until four or five months after the semester began,” she said.

Minor work on floors still remains

Though phase I was completed in August, there remain some problems on the floors that need to be fixed.

According to Curley, small jobs are still in the process of being completed on the residential floors of the building.

“There are still issues and we’ll continue to work on them,” Curley said. “Whenever you have a new building like this, it takes six to twelve months to work out all of the kinks.”

Wu agreed that the building is far from being complete.

“The fact that everything’s custom built in the rooms is really annoying. I still don’t have drawers and I was told [in an e-mail] that the mold from them just got off of a boat in San Francisco and the drawers still need to be fabricated and sanded before they can send them over,” Wu said.

Curley, however, was confident that the building will be complete by the new deadline. “We should be totally out of the building by the end of January,” he said.

According to MIT’s Evolving Campus Web site, Simmons Hall construction remains an ongoing project.

“Work on the dining areas on the first floor continues. Remaining construction on the building continues and noise is being mitigated so disruption to residents will be as minimal as possible,” the Web site states.