projects continue throughout campus
Carpenters are putting the finishing touches to a new handicapped accessible
wood exterior ramp and railing that connects 1818 Hinman Ave., that houses
the Music Academy, some music faculty offices and the School of Music’s
office of Keyboard Maintenance staff members and the adjacent anthropology
department building at 1812 Hinman Ave.
|Carpenters weld a railing on the ramp connecting
the Music Academy and the anthropology building on Hinman Avenue.
|photo by Stephen Anzaldi
The ramp work follows the completion of Crowe Hall, 1860 Campus Drive, and
remodeling and conversion of many formerly cramped and shared offices located
in houses on the Evanston campus into single occupancy offices. The new Hinman
Avenue ramp is part of the upgrading in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act and to accommodate 1818 Hinman’s new use as a School of Music building.
According to Andrew McGonigle, Facilities Management design and construction
project manager, the new ramp is a design that is compatible with the buildings
original architecture and historic setting and an efficient solution that allows
one ramp to serve both buildings. Users are now able to access either building
from the front as well as the parking lot at the rear of both buildings. “Not
only does the ramp provide dual-access, it also aids in fire fighting should
a fire occur,” said McGonigle.
In addition to 1818/1812 Hinman Ave., the University is providing new handicapped-accessible
ramps at 1810 Hinman Ave., 1813 Hinman Ave., 1902 Sheridan Road, 1914 Sheridan
Road, 1940 Sheridan Road, 619 Emerson St. and 405 Church St. The ramp at 555
Clark also was updated this past summer.
As part of an ongoing plan to improve the accessibility of the campus, the following
locations will have handicapped-accessible washrooms: 619 Emerson St., 1914 Sheridan
Road, 1940 Sheridan Road and 555 Clark St. Construction is expected to be completed
by winter 2005.