Over the past couple of weeks, the sounds of construction—which had been emanating from Burwell Hall since fall—have been noticeably absent, with the ending of Burwell Hall construction.
But Queens students shouldn’t get too comfortable with the silence.
Starting after graduation, there will be three new building projects: a renovation of Walker Science Building, an addition to Belk Chapel and the construction of a tennis center at the sports complex.
Walker Science Building—which will undergo both an inside and outside renovation— will be renamed the Knight Crane Hall, in honor of trustee Marjorie Knight Crane and her husband Alpo. The first floor will be torn out and broken into four sections: areas for the Center for Student Success, testing, the Internship & Career Center and International Studies. The nursing program will have a place on the second floor, while the Knight School of Communication will be located on the third floor. For the outside, designers are going to replicate the entryway its sister building, Sykes, currently has, said Bill Nichols, vice president for campus planning and services. Its estimated completion date is January 2016, he said.
But even with all of this new construction, “It is a goal to have 65% of the campus to be open space,” said Nichols.