Cape Cod Community College will be commencing with a construction project that will dramatically improve accessibility on its West Barnstable campus. The $2,502,500 project is funded by Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and will rebuild three areas of the campus to allow for easier access and more accessible travel. Split into three phases, the project will be completed by June 2019.
During phase one, the College is rebuilding what many would consider the “main” entrance to the campus, found at the flag poles when first arriving to the campus. As part of this phase, the existing series of ramps and stairs that lead from the Nickerson Administration Building, past the Tilden Arts Center, and through to the Grossman Commons will be replaced with one scenic, ADA compliant ramp that will gradually bring travelers from the entrance to the center of campus. Phase two, which will begin after the completion of phase one, will create a significantly more accessible path between the Nickerson Building and Wilkens Library, replacing several flights of stairs with a flat, level walkway. Finally, after the first two phases are finished, phase three will see the repaving of the well-travelled pathway behind Grossman Commons, leading to the WKKL Radio Station, Lorusso Technology Building, and Life Fitness Center.
During each phase of construction, areas of campus will be closed off to foot traffic, causing some necessary re-routing for guests. For phase one, the College is recommending that guests park in lots 3 and 4 to enter through the stairs leading up to the Wilkens Library. Accessible entrances with access to elevators can be found in the North, South, and Science Buildings on campus, with parking available behind the North Building, Science Building, and Grossman Commons. To keep the community apprised of these disruptions in traffic, the College will add regular updates to a dedicated webpage for the project, found at capecod.edu/construction.
Through a statewide RFP process, Jones Architecture was awarded the design for the project, and Sciaba Construction Corporation the contracting work.