Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 2013 Video Update

Watch this July 2013 update, which is the first in a series of videos that will provide meaningful updates on the progress of the Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons at Manhattan College.

Green Space Revealed as Commons Columns Rise

The Quigley House was recently torn down as part of the student commons construction project. Its removal will make way for new green space.

Quigley House was torn down June 21.
Acquired by Manhattan College in July 1957, Quigley House was primarily used to provide accommodations for Christian Brothers and special guests visiting the College. Although it never received any major renovations or additions, its name was consistently updated — White House in the ’60s, Waldo in the ’70s and Newman in the ’80s. Quigley House was no longer used by the College with the addition of East Hill Hall, which offers spacious suite-style accommodations to 550 residents.

The demolition crew arrived on the morning of Friday, June 21, and by 1 p.m., the one-and-a-half-story wood frame structure, located on the southwest corner of the commons building site was leveled.

As the commons construction continues, supporting concrete columns and slab floors are being built. The second floor slab was poured July 1 and the third was completed July 18.

“At this stage, it’s a highly repetitive process,” says Andrew Ryan, vice president for facilities at Manhattan College. “Over the next two months we will be doing largely the same — pouring floor slab, then moving up with the next set of columns and another slab. We expect to begin erecting the building facade in late August and early September.”

With first floor columns in place, the second floor is installed.