For the past few weeks, students’ schedules have been interrupted by the amount of fencing surrounding Patterson Hall.
Those who have to go anywhere near Patterson have seen it. It fences in the park by Hargreaves Hall, connecting to the side of Isle Hall, and, forcing students to walk to the center of campus in order to go anywhere. Anyone who has class in Isle Hall must walk all the way around Patterson and go through the back door, if they don’t want to get caught walking through construction.
Students don’t like the fact that they have to walk all the way around Patterson in order to get to class, but others are on the fence about what they think about the construction. Brett Scott, a sophomore and running start student, said, “It’s not a huge problem. It just takes more time to get to class. I have to take a more round-about route to Isle Hall.”
Students don’t think the workers needed to put up that much fencing. It compromises their ability to get to class on time. “If they just fenced in a part of the walkway, then it would be a lot easier, but since they completely fenced it in, it just makes it hard to get to class.”
Others think that it is a good idea to have that much fencing. While they don’t know what the exact project is, they feel the workers just want to make sure the students are safe. As Scott said, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Jim Moeller, the project manager of the Patterson remodel, said that the fencing is for future space that they will need. “Right now, we’re just doing interior work. But in September, we’ll be working on the outside,” Moeller said. The construction team will be adding onto the north, east and west sides of the building, and they need the space to store their equipment.
“We have excavation machines, cranes, bulldozers, and much more equipment that we need room to store. The fence is to make sure we have that room,” he said.